verb (used with object), prodded, prodding.
to poke or jab with or as if with something pointed: I prodded him with my elbow.
to rouse or incite as if by poking; nag; goad.
the act of prodding; a poke or jab.
any of various pointed instruments used as a goad, especially an electrified rod that administers a mild shock: a cattle prod.

1525–35; origin uncertain

prodder, noun
unprodded, adjective

2. impel, stir, prompt, excite. Unabridged
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prod (prɒd)
vb , prods, prodding, prodded
1.  to poke or jab with or as if with a pointed object
2.  (tr) to rouse or urge to action
3.  the act or an instance of prodding
4.  a sharp or pointed object
5.  a stimulus or reminder
[C16: of uncertain origin]

Prod (prɒd)
derogatory, slang another word for Protestant

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Word Origin & History

1530s, "to poke with a stick," possibly a variant of brod, from M.E. brodden "to goad," from O.N. broddr "shaft, spike" (see brad), or perhaps onomatopoeic. Figurative sense is recorded from 1871. The noun is recorded from 1802.
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Example sentences
If they were the ones getting poked and prodded and restricted to bland food,
  they'd be keen to secure a fair wage, too.
They've poked and prodded, measured and manipulated.
Evidently feeling threatened, the females prodded the silverback to charge.
The dogs have stopped short at cliff edges and refused to move even when
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