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English noun: goad

1. goad (artifact) a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion


Synonymsprod


Broader (hypernym)device


Narrower (hyponym)ankus, gad, spur

2. goad (communication) a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something


SamplesThe ceaseless prodding got on his nerves.


Synonymsgoading, prod, prodding, spur, spurring, urging


Broader (hypernym)encouragement


English verb: goad

1. goad (emotion) give heart or courage to


Synonymsspur


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)encourage

2. goad (contact) urge with or as if with a goad


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)egg on, incite, prod


Narrower (hyponym)spur

3. goad (contact) stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick


Synonymsprick


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)jab, stab

4. goad (communication) goad or provoke,as by constant criticism


SamplesHe needled her with his sarcastic remarks.


Synonymsneedle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke









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