From Middle English gode, from Old English gād (“spear”), from Proto-Germanic *gaidō (compare Old Norse gedda (“pike (fish)”), Lombardic gaida (“spear”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰey- (compare Old Irish gath (“spear”), Sanskrit हिन्वति (hinvati), हिनोति (hinoti, “to urge on, throw”), हेति (heti, “missile, projectile”)).
goad (plural goads)
- A long, pointed stick used to prod animals.
- the daily goad urging him to the daily toil
- (figuratively) That which goads or incites; a stimulus.