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GOAD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does goad mean? 

GOAD (noun)
  The noun GOAD has 2 senses:

1. a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion
2. a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something

  Familiarity information: GOAD used as a noun is rare.


GOAD (verb)
  The verb GOAD has 4 senses:

1. give heart or courage to
2. urge with or as if with a goad
3. stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
4. goad or provoke,as by constant criticism

  Familiarity information: GOAD used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GOAD (noun)


Sense 1goad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

goad; prod

Hypernyms ("goad" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "goad"):

ankus (an elephant goad with a sharp spike and a hook)

gad; spur (a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward)


Sense 2goad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A verbalization that encourages you to attempt something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

urging; spurring; spur; prodding; prod; goading; goad

Context example:

the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves

Hypernyms ("goad" is a kind of...):

encouragement (the expression of approval and support)


GOAD (verb)


Sense 1goad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give heart or courage to

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

goad; spur

Hypernyms (to "goad" is one way to...):

encourage (inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 2goad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Urge with or as if with a goad

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "goad" is one way to...):

egg on; incite; prod (urge on; cause to act)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "goad"):

spur (goad with spurs)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3goad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

goad; prick

Hypernyms (to "goad" is one way to...):

jab; stab (stab or pierce)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4goad [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Goad or provoke,as by constant criticism

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

needle; goad

Context example:

He needled her with his sarcastic remarks

Hypernyms (to "goad" is one way to...):

beset; chevvy; chevy; chivvy; chivy; harass; harry; hassle; molest; plague; provoke (annoy continually or chronically)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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