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Definition to a human:  to provoke or encourage someone to do something — usually something bad and often provoking in an annoying manner

to an animal:  to prod with a pointed stick to make it move

As a noun, a goad is a pointed or electric stick used to prod (goad) animals.
  • She goaded him into an argument.
goaded = provoked (in this case, "started the ill-will")
  • She tried to goad the candidate into saying something extreme.
  • ...Wolf Blitzer is trying to goad him into admitting that he is a socialist.
    Time, 2009  -- (retrieved 10/14/09)
  • Usually he submitted with silent dignity to all which he had to go through, but, at times, he was goaded into comment.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • ...he aimed at goading the oppressed into rebellion against the oppressor.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  The Professor
  • And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel.
    Judges 3:31 (KJV)
  • But he had lost his head; under the goad of Katharine's ridicule he had said too much...
    Virginia Woolf  --  Night and Day
  • Is that temptation that doth goad us on
    Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • The words of the wise are like goads...
    Ecclesiastes 12:11 (NIV)
  • I'm not giving up, Jerry had pledged, listening to Archie's goading voice.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • goading = prodding or encouraging
  • Her goading struck into his brain; his lips snarled and his eyes were fierce again.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • goading = provoking to do something annoying
  • I pointed at the little kids goading each other to jump from rib cage to shoulder and...
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • goading = provoking or encouraging
  • Goaded, by the interference, into a rage more than demoniacal, I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • goaded = provoked or encouraged to do something
  • Until Mr. Tanner gave me a healthy prod in the backside with his goad and said, "Git!"
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • goad = a pointed stick or other device used to prod animals (get them to move)
  • She liked to goad me into chasing her.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • goad = tease or provoke (into doing something)
  • I floundered, trying to put the instinct that so often whispered to me and goaded me to do, or not to do, things into words.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • goaded = encouraged
  • Why is he trying to goad me into giving up?
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • goad = provoke or encourage (someone to do something)
  • Paco wiggles the offending taco, goading me.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • goading = provoking (making angry)
  • As they fought, the ground rumbled, and a monstrous voice chuckled somewhere beneath the earth, goading the animals to fight harder.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • goading = provoking (getting them to)
  • the elephant goad
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
goad = a prod (stick) used to make an animal move

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