- to poke or jab with or as if with something pointed: I prodded him with my elbow.
- to rouse or incite as if by poking; nag; goad.
- the act of prodding; a poke or jab.
- any of various pointed instruments used as a goad, especially an electrified rod that administers a mild shock: a cattle prod.
Origin of prod
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- a Protestant, especially an Anglo-Irish Protestant.
Origin of Prod
Examples from the Web for prod
God has to continually prompt and prod him, and puts his brother Aaron at his side to do most of the real leadership.Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite
December 14, 2014
But to prod the War on Drugs ever further into history is to make the death of children like Michael Brown ever less likely.The True Stereotypes Behind Michael Brown's Death
August 13, 2014
Those were executive action, designed to call attention to an issue, prod Congress, or achieve results.How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy
April 18, 2014
And, of course, a rebuke to our current politics and especially our president, who seems unable to prod a bee to buzz.‘Breaking Bad’ in the White House: Bryan Cranston as LBJ in 'All the Way'
March 7, 2014
Is it really too much to ask, to try to prod young people to connect a couple of dots?Pajamaboy, Call Your Boss
December 21, 2013
Then again came the prod of his instinct and the warning of past experience.White Fang
"Prod at him with a broom handle, Mrs. Beale," urged Ukridge.Love Among the Chickens
P. G. Wodehouse
He was roused again by a prod of a sword, and bidden to stand up.The Northern Iron
George A. Birmingham
"Prod him with the icicle," said the Kangaroo to the Polar Bear.Andiron Tales
John Kendrick Bangs
That officer picked up a pitchfork and began to prod the hay.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants
H. Irving Hancock
- to poke or jab with or as if with a pointed object
- (tr) to rouse or urge to action
- the act or an instance of prodding
- a sharp or pointed object
- a stimulus or reminder
- derogatory, slang another word for Protestant
Word Origin and History for prod
1530s, "to poke with a stick," of uncertain origin; possibly [Barnhart] a variant of brod, from Middle English brodden "to goad," from Old Norse broddr "shaft, spike" (see brad), or perhaps imitative [OED]. Figurative sense is recorded from 1871. Related: Prodded; prodding.
1787, "pointed instrument used in prodding;" 1802, "act of prodding;" from prod (v.).