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

Other Words from prod

Verb

prodder noun

Synonyms for prod

Synonyms: Verb

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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 That agreement stipulated that countries come together every five years to update their climate action plans and prod one another to do more. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 31 Oct. 2021 Senators repeatedly tried to prod the companies to commit to more transparency for researchers to investigate the health and safety of their platforms as well as support for elements of potential privacy legislation. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Oct. 2021 And how can having someone prod your body with skinny needles relieve aches, pains or horrible hay fever? Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 Sixteen different teams — including the Cincinnati Bengals in P&G’s hometown — will help the company prod the members of 80 million households who watch NFL games to do their laundry in cold water with Tide detergent. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 31 Aug. 2021 By the end of that week, Zients and his team had concluded that a new approach was needed - one that would prod the unvaccinated and call out leaders whom the White House saw as blocking progress. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2021 Medicare would add dental, hearing and vision benefits, and tax credits and grants would prod utilities and industries to embrace clean energy. Alan Fram, ajc, 11 Aug. 2021 Medicare would add dental, hearing and vision benefits, and tax credits and grants would prod utilities and industries to embrace clean energy. Alan Fram, chicagotribune.com, 11 Aug. 2021 Casting went light on villains and oddballs, leaving a likable but dull roster of affable people who politely prod one another’s chin prosthetics while giggling. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 21 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The best posture correctors give you a prod every so often to gently encourage you to sit up properly. Medea Giordano, Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 On occasion, a little prod is needed when there seems to be a project that’s hitting a delay. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Nov. 2021 Plus, some retailers will even email you a discount code as an extra prod to make the purchase. Erica Sweeney, SELF, 25 Oct. 2021 Ayala seized on a comment Sears made in a Newsmax TV interview expressing support for a Texas-style bill, using it as a prod during calls with potential donors. Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2021 Instead of negotiating, party leaders arrogantly bet that a two-month campaign of threats, bullying and pressure would cattle-prod Mr. Manchin into line. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Technological disruption, once seen as a useful prod for China to catch up with the West, has been recast as a threat to the ruling Communist Party. Keith Zhai, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2021 With her sarcastic, you-know-better world-weariness, Glaser serves as a prod to the women to exercise good judgment. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 With her sarcastic, you-know-better world-weariness, Glaser serves as a prod to the women to exercise good judgment. Inkoo Kang, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2021

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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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Dictionary Entries Near prod

Procyoniformia

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Last Updated

8 Nov 2021

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“Prod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prod. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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 : poke
: 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 : poke
: 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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