toggle menu
1000+ books


used in a sentence
(click/touch triangles for details)
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 (angered or annoyed)
  • She used a stick to goad the cow towards the stall.
  • goad = prod or poke
  • She tried to goad the candidate into saying something extreme.
  • goad = provoke (anger or annoy)
  • ...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
  • But he had lost his head; under the goad of Katharine's ridicule he had said too much...
    Virginia Woolf  --  Night and Day
  • 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)
  • Is that temptation that doth goad us on
    Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • The words of the wise are like goads...
    Ecclesiastes 12:11 (NIV)
  • He could not bring himself to be specific at first; but then fear and loneliness goaded him.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • goaded = provoked (caused to taking action)
  • Pst, pst, like a cat luring a mouse from its hole, they goad each other into quarrels and dissent.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • goad = provoked (anger or annoy into taking action)
  • The warm taste of it in his mouth goaded him to greater fierceness.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • goaded = provoked (caused to take action)
  • Yet the very idea of the oath itself—appearing at the end of that first chaotic year—became the final goad that prodded many once-loyal citizens to turn militantly anti-American.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • goad = provocation (something that angered or annoyed)
  • 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 (angered or annoyed into taking action)
  • Oh, that fear of his self-abandonment — far worse than my abandonment — how it goaded me!
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • goaded = provoked (caused to take action)
  • His siblings would goad Lale into a fight, pointing out that their mother was already married.
    Heather Morris  --  The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  • goad = provoke (anger or annoy)
  • I watched Stacey closely to see if he was going to allow himself to be goaded by T.J.; he was not.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • goaded = provoked (angered or annoyed into taking action)
  • Even though Attean annoyed him, Matt was constantly goaded to keep trying to win this strange boy's respect.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
goaded = provoked or encouraged

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list —®Wikipedia Article
Search for other examples by interest
General — Google News®
General — Time® Magazine
General — Wikipedia®
Architecture — Google® books - Architecture
Business — Bloomberg®
Business — The Economist®
Classic Literature — Google® books - Classical Literature
Engineering — Google® books - Engineering
Engineering — Popular Mechanics®
Engineering — Discover Magazine®
Fine Arts & Music — Google® books - Art
History — Google® books - History
Human Behavior — Google® books - Psychology
Human Behavior — Psychology Today®
Law — FindLaw®
Law — Google® books - Law
Logic & Reasoning — Google® books - Reasoning
Medicine — Web MD®
Medicine — Google® books - Medicine
Nature & Ecology — National Geographic®
Nature & Ecology — Google® books - Nature
Personal Finance — Kiplinger® (Personal Finance)
Philosophy — Google® books - Philosophy
Public Policy & Politics — Newsweek®
Public Policy & Politics — Real Clear Politics®
Public Policy & Politics — Google® books - Politics
Religion & Spirtuality — Google® books - Religion
Religion - Christianity — Bible Gateway®
Religion - Christianity — Google® books - Christianity
Science — Popular Science®
Science — Scientific American®
Science — Google® books - Science
Sports — Sports Illustrated®