prod

verb
\ ˈpräd How to pronounce prod (audio) \
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 How to pronounce Prod (audio) \

Definition of Prod (Entry 4 of 4)

chiefly Irish, often disparaging + offensive

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Other Words from prod

Verb

prodder noun

Synonyms for prod

Synonyms: Verb

dig, goad, spur

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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

The result has been a near-daily campaign to prod companies like Versace, Coach and Givenchy to apologize to China for implying in their products and websites that Hong Kong was a separate country. New York Times, "China Pressures Business Over Hong Kong. Workers Get Caught in the Middle.," 18 Aug. 2019 The Queen, which concerned Elizabeth’s subdued reaction to the death of Princess Diana and the PM’s attempts to prod Elizabeth into a show of mourning. Clark Collis, EW.com, "God Save the Queen: The new stars of The Crown open up about the royal gamble of season 3," 14 Aug. 2019 Performance The X7 50i is powered by a delightful engine that emits a deep V-8 rumble when prodded with spirit. Arv Voss, Houston Chronicle, "BMW launches first-ever X7," 23 Aug. 2019 Vidal, who now works for the nonprofit WWF, said the criticism directed at Salles could eventually prod the administration into taking action on climate change. Diane Jeantet, USA TODAY, "What started the Amazon fires? Brazilian president suggests NGOs, but gives no proof," 20 Aug. 2019 In prodding Harris, Fangio sounded very much like an old-school ball coach, the polar opposite from predecessor Vance Joseph, who seemed to harbor a need for players to like him. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: There’s only one way beautiful bro-mance between Broncos Chris Harris Jr. and Von Miller can continue beyond 2019," 17 July 2019 Historically, Def Con has been a place where hackers poke and prod at flaws in systems — a practice that could cross the line into technically breaking the law. Donie O'sullivan And Kevin Collier, CNN, "Lawmakers descend on Vegas as election security looms," 8 Aug. 2019 Nor was South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg – who has struck up a very public alliance with Sharpton in an attempt to burnish his standing with black voters – prodded about the hypocrisy on display. Seth Mandel, Twin Cities, "Seth Mandel: Al Sharpton is not a lifelong fighter for justice," 2 Aug. 2019 Condé Nast Traveler has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card prod ucts. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Delta's New Credit Card Bonus Gives Travelers 50 Percent Off Flights," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Alex Kraus—Bloomberg via Getty Images In China, the company now faces another regulatory prod backing it into the electric-car corner. Fortune, "Electric Car Gold Rush: The Auto Industry Charges Into China," 20 Aug. 2019 Though the title character’s writing is presented as incendiary, Onah’s film is more of a series of teasing prods, one that seeks to challenge the audience but shies away from shocking them. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Flawed Thriller About the Myth of the ‘Model Immigrant’," 5 Aug. 2019 These genetically wild animals, by instinct wired to hunt and roam over great distances, may live in small enclosures except when performing for clients’ cameras, coaxed with treats and prods by a handler just out of the frame. National Geographic, "Is the food appropriate and safely provided?," 31 July 2019 Chad Wright, a nuisance wildlife trapper with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, used a long prod to press a balloon against Amos' teeth a few times before their pet spilled the secret. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida couple uses pet alligator for gender reveal for family’s 10th child," 12 June 2019 The Trump King Kong act, with the media as ringmaster and prod, has kept millions of frenzied Democratic voters screaming like Fay Wray for 22 months. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "A Referendum on Trump," 31 Oct. 2018 In each of the videos, Kim prods and pokes, trying to coerce each sister into flattering words about her weight. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Kardashian’s sisters said she looked anorexic. She took it as a compliment.," 3 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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 How to pronounce prod (audio) \
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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