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

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)

\ 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

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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 dangerous circumstances might even prod the U.S. and China to rediscover a common interest in a healthy world economy. Robert B. Zoellick, WSJ, "Leave No Country Behind in the Post-Covid Recovery," 30 Sep. 2020 Still, the testing did not prod the Pac-12 back by itself. Billy Witz, New York Times, "Oregon’s President Says Money Wasn’t Discussed in Pac-12 Return. It Didn’t Need to Be.," 25 Sep. 2020 However, someone is likely to prod you to get out and about or to be more active. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 3, 2020: Aries, you crave social interaction; Aquarius, be cooperative," 3 Sep. 2020 Senate Republicans are pulling together a narrow $500 billion Covid-19 relief package, aiming for a vote next week, in an effort to prod Democrats back to the negotiating table. Erik Wasson, Bloomberg.com, "Senate Republicans Eye Vote on $500 Billion Stimulus Next Week," 1 Sep. 2020 So far, efforts to prod Republicans to oppose filling a potential 2020 vacancy have proven difficult. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court, federal judiciary rising as key issue in presidential, Senate elections," 22 Aug. 2020 As the spread of the virus eases in some major cities, property owners with mortgages to pay will prod tenants back into business places. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Landlord Policy Is Pandemic Policy Now," 17 Aug. 2020 O’Rourke fans mounted a public and unsuccessful effort to prod the national party to give him a solo speaking slot at the convention that begins Monday night. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "As Texas Dems grumble about convention snub, Dallas’ Allred and Neave score ‘keynote’ honors—with 15 others," 16 Aug. 2020 So the groups are urging Romney and Lee to prod ongoing negotiations about whether and how to extend pandemic aid, and find compromises to enact it. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah activists seek pandemic aid for undocumented immigrants," 10 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The researchers took the lizards back to the lab at the University of Miami and individually cooled the animals until each one was too cold to respond to a gentle prod on its back limb. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Florida's falling lizards are getting used to cold winter temperatures," 20 Oct. 2020 Others may need a prod from the governor’s office or state Legislature. Steven Potter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Expand access to online records in Wisconsin," 2 Sep. 2020 When older people lose patience with younger ones, the prod can be reports such as Tapper’s on CNN. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus sets off ‘generational shaming’ across Bay Area and nation," 29 Mar. 2020 Another prod for corporations is the prospect of legislative efforts to address the treatment of workers or income inequality. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Is this crisis giving capitalism a moral nudge?," 8 May 2020 The artist prods and mottles it into a living thing, plagued with grays, rimmed with breaths of paler blue. BostonGlobe.com, "Wolf Kahn, celebrated painter of resplendent landscapes, dies at 92," 19 Mar. 2020 Other* Vehicles, boats 48 29 92 2 49 6 Footwear, headgear Stone, glass Wood, wood prod. William Mauldin, WSJ, "U.S., China Sign Deal Easing Trade Tensions," 15 Jan. 2020 After Lauren moved away, the phrase was a prod to compel her to come back at least once every year. Greg Borowski, jsonline.com, "The Christmas Boxes: A story about love and loss, mothers and daughters," 20 Dec. 2019 The government promises to buy itself more cars, and to lower interest rates on housing for public servants, but neglects stronger demand-side prods such as rural public works. The Economist, "EconomyA downturn in India reveals the desperate need for deeper reform," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

26 Oct 2020

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“Prod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prod. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for prod

prod

verb
How to pronounce Prod (audio)

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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