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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 of prod
1525-1535
1525-35; origin uncertain
Related forms
prodder, noun
unprodded, adjective
Synonyms
2. impel, stir, prompt, excite.
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  • Then he took out his big jack-knife and prodded with it clear across the width of the stairway.

  • I closed them again quickly as some one approached and prodded me with the toe of his boot.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Brigade commander Chernov, prodded by Cardon, jumped to his feet.

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • He prodded the thing again and again with the hot electrode, and it did not move.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
  • Then, as he did not move, they plucked up courage and came closer, and one prodded him gently with the point of his spear.

    Black Amazon of Mars Leigh Brackett
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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