\ 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


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)


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


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 Backed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), two committee chairmen are working on a new, more limited proposal that would use the tax system to prod employers to raise wages. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Senate Democrats Look for Backup Plan to Raise Minimum Wage Through Taxes," 27 Feb. 2021 Rather than trying to uncover the technical risk themselves, product managers can poke and prod the development teams with smart questions, pushing them to explore potential risks and concerns. Eryk Warren, Forbes, "A Quick Guide To Technical Risk Analysis For Product Managers," 26 Feb. 2021 Both are political parables, using genre to prod the callous excesses of capitalism. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Lapsis and the Rise of Gig-Economy Sci-Fi," 25 Feb. 2021 Fey and Poehler should use their comedy platform to deliver the sort of pointed rebukes that could prod the Globes to making changes that are long overdue. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Tina Fey and Amy Poehler used to rock the Golden Globes, but can they do it in 2021?," 25 Feb. 2021 The 37-year-old has experienced homelessness for the past three years, wandering around Portland as city workers prod him to vacate spot after spot. oregonlive, "Portland-area counties enjoy wide latitude as they ponder how to spend homelessness services tax," 13 Feb. 2021 The tax was intended to prod them into the health care marketplace sooner so insurance pools were not dominated by the elderly and sick. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court appears unlikely to topple Affordable Care Act in latest challenge by Republicans," 10 Nov. 2020 Kids can flip, flop and prod the Nugget, from a sofa to bed to fort without help from mom or dad. Rachel Wolfe, WSJ, "Can the Nugget Couch Really Keep Quarantined Kids Entertained?," 20 Jan. 2021 Rather than using physical iPhones to poke and prod iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system, Corellium streamlined the process. Washington Post, "Apple loses copyright battle against security start-up Corellium," 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another time, he was shocked with an electric prod. Ben Mauk, The New Yorker, "Inside Xinjiang’s Prison State," 27 Feb. 2021 The fiery nationalist passions in Armenia and Azerbaijan are both a prod to and a product of the two sides’ unrelenting propaganda war. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Around Nagorno-Karabakh, an all-out media war unfolds," 10 Nov. 2020 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,, "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., "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

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First Known Use of prod


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


origin unknown

Noun (2)

by shortening & alteration

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1 Mar 2021

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“Prod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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



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


\ 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.



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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