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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long stick with a pointed end used for prodding animals.
  • noun An agent or means of prodding or urging; a stimulus.
  • transitive verb To prod or urge with or as if with a long pointed stick.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sort of false die.
  • To prick; drive with a goad; hence, to incite; stimulate; instigate; urge forward or rouse to action by any harassing or irritating means.
  • Synonyms To impel, spur, arouse, stir up, set on.
  • noun A stick, rod, or staff with a pointed end, used for driving cattle; hence, anything that urges or stimulates.
  • noun A decoy at an auction; a Peter Funk.
  • noun [Cf. yard, rod, perch, as measures of length.] A little-used English Measure of length.
  • noun A plaything.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming; to stimulate.
  • noun A pointed instrument used to urge on a beast; hence, any necessity that urges or stimulates.

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  • noun A long, pointed stick used to prod animals.
  • verb To prod with a goad.
  • verb To encourage or stimulate.
  • verb To incite or provoke.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
  • verb urge with or as if with a goad
  • noun a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something
  • verb goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
  • noun a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion
  • verb give heart or courage to


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English gode, from Old English gād.]

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Middle English gode, from Old English gād 'spear', from Proto-Germanic *gaidō (compare Old Norse gedda 'pike (fish)', Lombardic gaida 'spear'), from Proto-Indo-European *ghai- (compare Irish gath 'spear', Sanskrit, हिनोति (hinvati, hinoti) 'to urge on, throw', हेति (heti) 'missile, projectile').


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  • Never knew it was a noun. "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It hurts you to kick against the goads." Acts 26:14 NRSV

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