[ prod ]
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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.

  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.

Origin of prod

First recorded in 1525–35; origin uncertain

Other words for prod

Other words from prod

  • prod·der, noun
  • un·prod·ded, adjective

Other definitions for Prod (2 of 3)

[ prod ]

nounChiefly Ulster Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a Protestant, especially an Anglo-Irish Protestant.

Origin of Prod

By shortening; d probably reflects the voicing or flap characteristic of some Ulster accents

Other definitions for prod. (3 of 3)


  1. produce.

  2. produced.

  1. producer.

  2. product.

  3. production. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use prod in a sentence

  • No sooner had his feet hit the floor, however, than he felt the cold, stern prod of the barrel of an automatic.

  • She was badly needed to prod the Mexican women in their labors of making beds and sweeping rooms that were occupied twice daily.

    David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
  • For the time being, I'd like to loaf on you for a week or so and watch the wheels go around without my having to prod them.

    The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
  • It is wonderful how a mite of laudation will prod us to be more worthy.

  • We felt the prod of gregarious instinct, the drawing together as though for united action, the impulse toward cooperation.

    Before Adam | Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for prod (1 of 3)


/ (prɒd) /

verbprods, prodding or prodded
  1. to poke or jab with or as if with a pointed object

  2. (tr) to rouse or urge to action

  1. the act or an instance of prodding

  2. a sharp or pointed object

  1. a stimulus or reminder

Origin of prod

C16: of uncertain origin

Derived forms of prod

  • prodder, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Prod (2 of 3)


/ (prɒd) /

  1. derogatory, slang another word for Protestant

British Dictionary definitions for prod. (3 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. produce

  2. produced

  1. product

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