Goad n. A pointed instrument used to urge on a beast; hence, any necessity that urges or stimulates.
The daily goad urging him to the daily toil. --Macaulay.
Goad, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Goaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Goading.] To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming; to stimulate.
That temptation that doth goad us on. --Shak.
Syn: -- To urge; stimulate; excite; arouse; irritate; incite; instigate.
n 1: a pointed instrument used to prod into motion [syn: prod]
2: a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something;
"the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves" [syn: goading,
prod, prodding, urging, spur, spurring]
v 1: give heart or courage to [syn: spur]
2: urge with or as if with a goad
3: prod or urge as if with a log stick [syn: prick]
4: goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her
with his sarcastic remarks" [syn: needle]
(Heb. malmad, only in Judg. 3: 31), an instrument used by
ploughmen for guiding their oxen. Shamgar slew six hundred
Philistines with an ox-goad. "The goad is a formidable weapon.
It is sometimes ten feet long, and has a sharp point. We could
now see that the feat of Shamgar was not so very wonderful as
some have been accustomed to think."
In 1 Sam. 13:21, a different Hebrew word is used, _dorban_,
meaning something pointed. The expression (Acts 9:5, omitted in
the R.V.), "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks",
i.e., against the goad, was proverbial for unavailing resistance
to superior power.