goad vs spur what difference

what is difference between goad and spur

English

Etymology

From Middle English gode, from Old English gād (goad), 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)).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɡəʊd/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɡoʊd/
  • Rhymes: -əʊd

Noun

goad (plural goads)

  1. A long, pointed stick used to prod animals.
  2. (figuratively) That which goads or incites; a stimulus.

Translations

Verb

goad (third-person singular simple present goads, present participle goading, simple past and past participle goaded)

  1. To prod with a goad.
  2. To encourage or stimulate.
  3. To incite or provoke.

Translations

See also

  • goat

Anagrams

  • Goda, dago, doga

Scots

Etymology

From Old English god, of Germanic origin.

Noun

goad (plural goads)

  1. God


English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /spɜː/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /spɝ/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)

Etymology 1

From Middle English spure, spore, from Old English spura, spora, from Proto-Germanic *spurô, from Proto-Indo-European *sper-, *sperw- (to twitch, push, fidget, be quick).

Noun

spur (plural spurs)

  1. A rigid implement, often roughly y-shaped, that is fixed to one’s heel for the purpose of prodding a horse. Often worn by, and emblematic of, the cowboy or the knight.
    Meronyms: rowel, prick
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22:
      Two sorts of spurs seem to have been in use about the time of the Conquest, one called a pryck, having only a single point like the gaffle of a fighting cock; the other consisting of a number of points of considerable length, radiating from and revolving on a center, thence named the rouelle or wheel spur.
  2. A jab given with the spurs.
    • 1832, The Atheneum (volume 31, page 493)
      I had hardly said the word, when Kit jumped into the saddle, and gave his horse a whip and a spur — and off it cantered, as if it were in as great a hurry to be married as Kit himself.
  3. (figuratively) Anything that inspires or motivates, as a spur does a horse.
  4. An appendage or spike pointing rearward, near the foot, for instance that of a rooster.
  5. Any protruding part connected at one end, for instance a highway that extends from another highway into a city.
  6. Roots, tree roots.
  7. (geology) A mountain that shoots from another mountain or range and extends some distance in a lateral direction, or at right angles.
  8. A spiked iron worn by seamen upon the bottom of the boot, to enable them to stand upon the carcass of a whale to strip off the blubber.
  9. (carpentry) A brace strengthening a post and some connected part, such as a rafter or crossbeam; a strut.
  10. (architecture) The short wooden buttress of a post.
  11. (architecture) A projection from the round base of a column, occupying the angle of a square plinth upon which the base rests, or bringing the bottom bed of the base to a nearly square form. It is generally carved in leafage.
  12. Ergotized rye or other grain.
  13. A wall in a fortification that crosses a part of a rampart and joins to an inner wall.
  14. (shipbuilding) A piece of timber fixed on the bilgeways before launching, having the upper ends bolted to the vessel’s side.
  15. (shipbuilding) A curved piece of timber serving as a half to support the deck where a whole beam cannot be placed.
  16. (mining) A branch of a vein.
  17. (rail transport) A very short branch line of a railway line.
  18. (transport) A short branch road of a motorway, freeway or major road.
  19. (botany) A short thin side shoot from a branch, especially one that bears fruit or, in conifers, the shoots that bear the leaves.
Derived terms
  • spur gear
  • spur-leather
  • spur-of-the-moment
  • spur road
Translations

Verb

spur (third-person singular simple present spurs, present participle spurring, simple past and past participle spurred)

  1. (transitive) To prod (especially a horse) on the side or flank, with the intent to urge motion or haste, to gig.
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act V, Scene III, line 339:
      Draw, archers, draw your arrows to the head! Spur your proud horses hard, and ride in blood; Amaze the welkin with your broken staves!
  2. (transitive) To urge or encourage to action, or to a more vigorous pursuit of an object
    Synonyms: incite, stimulate, instigate, impel, drive; see also Thesaurus:incite
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act III, Scene IV, line 4.
      My desire / (More sharp than filed steel) did spur me forth…
  3. (transitive) To put spurs on.
  4. (intransitive) To press forward; to travel in great haste.
  5. To form a spur (senses 17-18 of the noun)
Derived terms
  • spur on
Translations

Etymology 2

See sparrow.

Noun

spur (plural spurs)

  1. A tern.

Etymology 3

Short for spurious.

Noun

spur (plural spurs)

  1. (electronics) A spurious tone, one that interferes with a signal in a circuit and is often masked underneath that signal.

Etymology 4

Noun

spur (plural spurs)

  1. The track of an animal, such as an otter; a spoor.

Translations

Etymology 5

Verb

spur (third-person singular simple present spurs, present participle spurring, simple past and past participle spurred)

  1. (obsolete, dialectal) Alternative form of speer.
    • 1638, Thomas Heywood, “The Rape of Lucrece. A true Roman Tragedy”, in The Dramatic Works of Thomas Heywood, Vol. V, John Pearson, 1874, pages 230 & 231.
    • The Pall Mall Magazine, Vol. 33, 1904, page 435.

Anagrams

  • Prus, purs, surp

Middle English

Noun

spur

  1. Alternative form of spore

Scots

Alternative forms

  • sparra
  • spug
  • spuggie
  • speug

Noun

spur (plural spurs)

  1. sparrow

References

  • “spur” in the Dictionary of the Scots Language, Edinburgh: Scottish Language Dictionaries.

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