Mr. prodder indicated Doncaster by a backward jerk of his thumb.
But the young woman had never heard the name of prodder, and didn't think there was anybody in the neighbourhood as ever had.
They recognized the taint of the prodder blood in this fickleness.
John Mellish turned round, fully expecting to see Mr. prodder at his elbow, where he had been some time before.
"Step this way, Mr. prodder," he said, pointing to the open door of the study.
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.).