cattle prod


Definition of cattle prod

: a handheld prodding device that delivers an electric shock (as in controlling cattle)

Examples of cattle prod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Behind the scenes, a trainer is waving his electric cattle prod or leather whip to make clear what will happen if the animals fail to obey. Frans De Waal, Discover Magazine, "Cheerful Chimps: Are Animals Really Happy When They Smile?," 31 May 2019 Another drawback is the scary elements: fearful wolves and an awful villain with a whip and a cattle prod. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ is a well-crafted sequel," 6 June 2019 Another drawback is the scary elements: fearful wolves and an awful villain with a whip and a cattle prod. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ is a worthy sequel," 6 June 2019 Or maybe your sciatica will make your leg feel like someone’s poking it with a cattle prod, delivering electric jolts each time. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is the Number One Sign You Have Sciatica," 29 Aug. 2018 The department issued nine denials, according to Mr. Ross’s response, including applications for cattle prods, pepper spray and voice-print software to Chinese security agencies and other firms. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "U.S. Technology Sent to Chinese Police Was Within Rules, Commerce Department Says," 26 July 2018 The inmates are clean and their interrogations polite, nary a cattle prod in sight. The Economist, "Egypt’s bumbling police get their man, at least on television," 31 May 2018 The workers got her back on her feet, tying a rope to each of her hind legs and leashing her head, pushing and pulling, making judicious use of a cattle prod to maneuver her toward the metal container. Jason Florio, Smithsonian, "The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinos," 22 May 2018 The people are sad and muddy, their faces bloated and mottled, wearing what look like gardening outfits while Aunts and Guardians on horseback stick them with cattle prods. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Episode 2 recap: Colonial times, and Alexis Bledel," 25 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cattle prod.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cattle prod

1938, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cattle prod

Statistics for cattle prod

Last Updated

27 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cattle prod

The first known use of cattle prod was in 1938

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cattle prod

cattle prod


English Language Learners Definition of cattle prod

: a device that is used to make cattle move by giving them an electric shock

More from Merriam-Webster on cattle prod

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with cattle prod

Nglish: Translation of cattle prod for Spanish Speakers

Comments on cattle prod

What made you want to look up cattle prod? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an act or instance of editing or removing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!