prod

verb
\ˈpräd \
prodded; prodding

Definition of prod 

(Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to thrust a pointed instrument into : prick

b : to incite to action : stir

2 : to poke or stir as if with a prod

intransitive verb

: to urge someone on

prod

noun (1)

Definition of prod (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a pointed instrument used to prod

2 : an incitement to act needed a few prods to remember her lines

Definition of prod (Entry 3 of 4)

Prod

noun (2)
\ˈpräd \

Definition of Prod (Entry 4 of 4)

chiefly Irish, often disparaging + offensive

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Other Words from prod

Verb

prodder noun

Examples of prod in a Sentence

Verb

She prodded him in the ribs to get his attention. She was prodded into joining the team.

Noun (1)

She gave him a sharp prod in the back. He picked up a stick and used it as a prod to get the donkey moving. He needed a few prods to remember his lines. She called me and gave me a prod about finishing the report.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wielgus insists to this day that the Diamond M’s patriarch, Len McIrvin, could have been prodded by the state to take steps — quickly moving the salt blocks, removing cattle from the den site — to avoid serious problems. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 Their only ‘alienation’ was the usual hassle of the adolescent, the feeling that he is being prodded into adulthood on somebody else's terms. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tom Wolfe left his mark in San Diego with 'Pump House Gang'," 15 May 2018 Consider the other four compelling players who prodded and pushed Reed to a green jacket. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Masters champ Patrick Reed leads new wave of golf characters," 11 Apr. 2018 The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "NRA board member Ted Nugent: ‘Mushy-brained’ Parkland shooting survivors ‘have no soul’ | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 31 Mar. 2018 Jadwiga Emilewicz, an economy minister in Poland, claims that the country’s firms are being prodded to move up value chains. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 July 2018 With two minutes left, Neymar surged forward and slid the ball across the face of goal for Roberto Firmino to prod home – and put the contest beyond all doubt. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Mexico heartbroken again with World Cup round of 16 loss against Brazil," 2 July 2018 Having missed a number of opportunities early on, Harry Kane prodded in the first goal following a scramble in the box. SI.com, "Chelsea Youngster Set For World Cup Start as England Look to Secure Place in Last 16 With Panama Win," 20 June 2018 Running back David Johnson skipped another day of mandatory minicamp on Wednesday, presumably in hopes of prodding the team to sign him to a contract extension. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald more visible at workouts, for two reasons," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The groups claim workers use electric prods and sharp sticks to agitate the bulls before releasing them for the race. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "Running of the bulls faces backlash from women and animal rights groups," 6 July 2018 The person seeking recovery who seems to come in with the best possible attitude versus the person who comes in looking beyond hopeless prods the viewer to make a distinction that is ultimately false. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "3 Sobering Documentaries on Netflix, Fandor and Field of Vision," 5 July 2018 During the event, caught on film, a living dolphin circles and prods a smaller dead female, while emitting clicks. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Study Suggests Dolphins and Some Whales Grieve Their Dead," 20 June 2018 Going into all these doctors' appointments, Charlotte has been so tolerable of all the pokes and prods and the questions. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "Both My Daughters Will Die If We Can't Find a Cure," 15 June 2015 As the song starts playing, Dr. Davis-Boutte prods at the midsection of Ms. Rideau, who is lying facedown on the operating table. Christina Caron, New York Times, "Doctor Who Danced During Surgery Is Suspended by Georgia Medical Board," 7 June 2018 The decrease in both sales and volumes for prod The Street Campbell Soup is replacing its CEO as the company faces declining soup sales and considers sweeping changes for its broad portfolio of products. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Campbell Soup CEO suddenly exits as U.S. soup sales struggle," 18 May 2018 In the book, King provides needed perspective on nonviolent resistance, and prods readers to foreground their political attitudes and actions in ethics and intellectual consistency. Time Staff, Time, "10 Historians on What People Still Don't Know About Martin Luther King Jr.," 4 Apr. 2018 Over the course of 11 agonizing months, Grace spent a total of 43 nights at Children's, enduring three surgeries and numerous rounds of chemotherapy, as well as countless pokes and prods from doctors and nurses. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "How Children's Hospital and other area facilities use art to promote healing," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of prod

Verb

1535, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prod

Verb

origin unknown

Noun (2)

by shortening & alteration

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More Definitions for prod

prod

verb

English Language Learners Definition of prod

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to push someone or something with your finger or a pointed object

: to persuade or try to persuade (someone) to do something

prod

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prod (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of pushing someone or something with your finger or a pointed object

: something (such as a long stick) that is used to prod an animal

: something said or done to encourage or remind someone to do something

prod

verb
\ˈpräd \
prodded; prodding

Kids Definition of prod

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to poke with something He prodded the dog with his foot.

2 : to stir or encourage a person or animal to action She was prodded into joining the team.

prod

noun

Kids Definition of prod (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something used for stirring an animal to action a cattle prod

2 : an act of poking

3 : a sharp urging or reminder

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