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[prod] /prɒd/
verb (used with object), prodded, prodding.
1.
to poke or jab with or as if with something pointed:
I prodded him with my elbow.
2.
to rouse or incite as if by poking; nag; goad.
noun
3.
the act of prodding; a poke or jab.
4.
any of various pointed instruments used as a goad, especially an electrified rod that administers a mild shock:
a cattle prod.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; origin uncertain
Related forms
prodder, noun
unprodded, adjective
Synonyms
2. impel, stir, prompt, excite.
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  • 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 prodded.
  • They donned their rubber gloves, pushed aside the swarming maggots and prodded, poked and examined both chickens.
  • You're putting yourself out there to be poked and prodded, weighed and measured.
  • Other programs have become stricter, too, sometimes prodded by government.
  • Being in a more research-driven setting has prodded me to submit more articles to topmost journals.
  • When he prodded the doll's legs, the volunteers thought they were being prodded by giant objects.
  • The severity of the problem has prodded politicians into action.
British Dictionary definitions for prodded

prod

/prɒd/
verb prods, prodding, prodded
1.
to poke or jab with or as if with a pointed object
2.
(transitive) to rouse or urge to action
noun
3.
the act or an instance of prodding
4.
a sharp or pointed object
5.
a stimulus or reminder
Derived Forms
prodder, noun
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin

Prod

/prɒd/
noun
1.
(derogatory, slang) another word for Protestant
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Word Origin and History for prodded

prod

v.

1530s, "to poke with a stick," of uncertain origin; possibly [Barnhart] a variant of brod, from Middle English brodden "to goad," from Old Norse broddr "shaft, spike" (see brad), or perhaps imitative [OED]. Figurative sense is recorded from 1871. Related: Prodded; prodding.

n.

1787, "pointed instrument used in prodding;" 1802, "act of prodding;" from prod (v.).

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