verb (used with object), prod·ded, prod·ding.

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

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

Synonyms for prod Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb prods, prodding or prodded

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
Derived Formsprodder, noun

Word Origin for prod

C16: of uncertain origin



derogatory, slang another word for Protestant
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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.).

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