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 When the phone call finally did occur, on July 25, Trump repeatedly prodded Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens at the same time that the US was withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid from Ukraine. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — The US ambassador to the European Union said Thursday that President Trump directed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he disagreed with the directive.," 18 Oct. 2019 When the phone call finally did occur, on July 25, Trump repeatedly prodded Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens at the same time as the U.S. was withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid from Ukraine. Mary Clare Jalonick, Twin Cities, "US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy," 17 Oct. 2019 When the phone call finally did occur, on July 25, Trump repeatedly prodded Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens at the same time as the U.S. was withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid from Ukraine. Author: Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. envoy key to investigation says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy," 17 Oct. 2019 When the phone call finally did occur, on July 25, Trump repeatedly prodded Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens at the same time as the U.S. was withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid from Ukraine. Eric Tucker And Mary Clare Jalonick, chicagotribune.com, "Ambassador Gordon Sondland tells House impeachment investigators Trump instructed envoys to work with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine policy," 17 Oct. 2019 When the phone call finally did occur, on July 25, Trump repeatedly prodded Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens at the same time that the U.S. was withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid from Ukraine. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Denver Post, "Sondland says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy," 17 Oct. 2019 That phone call, now the basis of a whistleblower complaint, took place on July 25 and involved Trump repeatedly prodding Zelenskiy to investigate Biden’s son, Hunter. Washington Post, "Sondland prepared to deny he was warned about Ukraine work," 16 Oct. 2019 It was triggered by a whistleblower’s complaint about a July 25 phone call where Trump prodded Ukraine’s new president to dig up dirt on the family of his potential Democratic rival, Joe Biden. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Here’s what happened this week in the impeachment inquiry," 4 Oct. 2019 The White House memo describing Trump’s call with Ukraine’s leader showed that in addition to his interest in the Bidens, Trump prodded for evidence that could tarnish the special counsel investigation. Alexa Díazstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Trump impeachment inquiry: Your complete guide to people and terms to know," 1 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His book is, in this way, a prod toward the study of the humanities—toward history, literature, philosophy, religion—the very subjects that have dimmed next to the bright light of the screen. Gal Beckerman, The New Republic, "Don’t Blame Phones for Narcissism," 7 May 2018 This emphasizes not just Leonardo’s relation to his teacher but also Verrocchio’s broader role as an instigator and general prod to the creative energies of late-15th-century Florence. Washington Post, "The first major U.S. show devoted to the artist who helped forge Leonardo da Vinci’s genius," 12 Sep. 2019 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

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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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18 Nov 2019

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The first known use of prod was in 1535

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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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