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

Concerned neighbors and Esquire fans took to social media to prod the owners and local media outlets about a reopening date, fearing the permanent closure of the two-screen theater — particularly after a planned spring reopening came and went. John Wenzel, The Denver Post, "Esquire Theatre sets mid-June reopening date after six-month closure," 6 June 2019 For example, the pair stimulated the androgen receptor by dosing pregnant female mice with dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the most common form of testosterone in the body, or gave them estrogen to prod its receptor. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Talk to the hand. Scientists try to debunk idea that finger length can reveal personality and health," 6 June 2019 Use a walking stick to prod the area first, Bonnell said, making sure there are no other snakes hiding there. John Meyer, The Know, "Rattlesnake season has returned along the Front Range. Here’s what you need to know.," 4 June 2019 There, he was prodded and pricked with needles in the hope that the antibody treatment being tested would reverse a devastating genetic disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Heidi Ledford, Scientific American, "A Question of Control," 16 May 2019 The researchers used a very fine needle to gently push and prod carbon monoxide molecules into position on a copper surface. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Fractal structure produces fractal electrons with fractal energies," 2 Dec. 2018 So his parents, who arrived in the United States as graduate students in 1972, have campaigned for him at Korean churches and restaurants, and Mr. Kang has prodded local Korean-language media to cover him more. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Democrats Hope Asian-American Influx Will Help Turn Orange County Blue," 3 June 2018 The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which allocates federal dollars to public stations, long had prodded the two stations to unite. Meg James, latimes.com, "Public TV stations KCET and KOCE to merge in shifting market," 25 Apr. 2018 The opposition saw Carvajal’s criticism of Venezuela’s socialist government as a stimulus to prod other military figures to defect, but the country’s armed forces have remained largely loyal to current Maduro. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s ex-spy chief arrested in Madrid on US warrant," 13 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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