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verb (used with object), prod·ded, prod·ding.
  1. to poke or jab with or as if with something pointed: I prodded him with my elbow.
  2. to rouse or incite as if by poking; nag; goad.
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noun
  1. the act of prodding; a poke or jab.
  2. any of various pointed instruments used as a goad, especially an electrified rod that administers a mild shock: a cattle prod.
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Origin of prod

First recorded in 1525–35; origin uncertain
Related formsprod·der, nounun·prod·ded, adjective

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2. impel, stir, prompt, excite.
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Examples from the Web for prodder

Historical Examples

  • They recognized the taint of the Prodder blood in this fickleness.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. I (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon

  • But the young woman had never heard the name of Prodder, and didn't think there was anybody in the neighbourhood as ever had.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon

  • John Mellish turned round, fully expecting to see Mr. Prodder at his elbow, where he had been some time before.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon

  • "Step this way, Mr. Prodder," he said, pointing to the open door of the study.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon

  • Mr. Prodder indicated Doncaster by a backward jerk of his thumb.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon


British Dictionary definitions for prodder

prod

verb prods, prodding or prodded
  1. to poke or jab with or as if with a pointed object
  2. (tr) to rouse or urge to action
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noun
  1. the act or an instance of prodding
  2. a sharp or pointed object
  3. a stimulus or reminder
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Derived Formsprodder, noun

Word Origin

C16: of uncertain origin

Prod

noun
  1. derogatory, slang another word for Protestant
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Word Origin and History for prodder

prod

v.

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.

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prod

n.

1787, "pointed instrument used in prodding;" 1802, "act of prodding;" from prod (v.).

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