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plural -s
now dialectal British
: any of various objects having a pointed end (such as a goad, prod, thorn, or awl)


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transitive verb

brodded; brodded; brodding; brods
now dialectal British
: goad, prod

Word History



Middle English, brad, goad, from Old Norse broddr spike, sting; akin to Old English brord point, Old High German brort edge, Welsh brathu to sting, stab, Russian brozda bridle, bit, Old English byrst bristle

Transitive verb

Middle English brodden, from brod, noun

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“Brod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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