- 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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Examples from the Web for prodded
Ironically, when prodded, Banks gives me the same line that lover did—just listen to the song.The Mesmerizing Mystique of BANKS
October 8, 2014
The medical team literally poked and prodded the girls while they were in trances, seeing if physical pain could wake them.Did the Virgin Mary Warn Rwanda’s Holiest Town of the Genocide?
April 20, 2014
Prodded, Benjamin admits that she keeps photos of Holmes in her wallet and on her bedroom wall.I Love James Holmes: An Admirer Opens Up About Her Crush
January 10, 2013
And prodded by McGettigan, the witness recounted the gifts of clothes and sports equipment Sandusky gave her young son.Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Five: Sandusky’s Defense Flails
June 18, 2012
When prodded, Polanski proves a rather unreliable critic of his own films.In New Roman Polanski Documentary, An Odd Evasion of Rape Controversy
May 17, 2012
I closed them again quickly as some one approached and prodded me with the toe of his boot.City of Endless Night
He gripped me, and prodded my side with the point of his knife blade.
He prodded the thing again and again with the hot electrode, and it did not move.Salvage in Space
John Stewart Williamson
The Seneschal started forward as if some one had prodded him suddenly.St. Martin's Summer
“Say,” he exclaimed suddenly, after the Boy had prodded him with a searching jibe.The House in the Water
Charles G. D. Roberts
- 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 prodded
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.).