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

To break through the indifference, DwellBeing can create a to-do list tailored to your home, prodding an uninspired owner along with reminders and tips. Ronda Kaysen, The Seattle Times, "Is it time to drain the water heater? There’s an app for that," 11 Feb. 2019 These services include remote cyber-hygiene scans, penetration tests, and risk-and-vulnerability assessments — all of which poke and prod, in various methods, at the strength of the networks and servers inside states and counties. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 Tax cuts, low unemployment and gradually rising wages have prodded Americans to spend more, enabling some malls owners to open more stores. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Putnam Bond-Fund Manager Bets Big on Depressed Malls," 25 Sep. 2018 Ben Simmons was flipped onto his upper back, slapped on the back of his head, pushed, prodded, and pulled in the 76ers’ 104-91 Game 5 victory over the Miami Heat. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "Ben Simmons keeps his cool in chippy Sixers-Heat Game 5 battle," 24 Apr. 2018 The company, however, has become something of a marketing and regulatory-prodding apparatus of Musk’s. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Let the Falcon Heavy Fly," 5 Feb. 2018 O’Rourke has excited donors and activists who are now prodding him to seek the presidency. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run," 12 Dec. 2018 Teams famously poke and prod every possible aspect of a prospect's life. Mark Heim, AL.com, "Watch as UCF appears awfully proud of its national championship rings," 23 Apr. 2018 In other words, in the post-Cold War era, the Kremlin will poke and prod where there is no resistance, and pull back where there is. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Report from Moscow: Cold War, World War III unlikely, but Russian experts disagree on Putin's foreign-policy plan | Trudy Rubin," 20 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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