Definition of “goad” - English Dictionary

“goad” in British English

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goadverb [ T ]

uk /ɡəʊd/ us /ɡoʊd/

to make a person or an animal react or do something by continuously annoying or upsetting them:

She seemed determined to goad him into a fight.
He refused to be goaded by their insults.
The runner was goadedon by his desire to keep up with the others.
A group of children were goading (= laughing at or pushing) another child in the school playground.
goad
noun [ S ] uk us

His speech should serve as a goad to action.

(Definition of “goad” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“goad” in American English

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goadverb [ T ]

us /ɡoʊd/

to cause someone to do something by being annoying:

His brother goaded him into a wrestling match.

(Definition of “goad” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)