1. a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod.
2. anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick.
3. something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus. verb (used with object)
4. to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite.
GOADS. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved August 17, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/GOADS