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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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  • When I looked over the hedge, widow—Tom Lamport's widow that was—was prodding for her nasturtiums with a daisy grubber.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • By this time Judson had pinned him in a corner, and was prodding him with the half-butt.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • They are doing wonderfully well as long as the prodding never lets up.

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  • All they needed was prodding to translate that willingness into law.

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  • Ku Sui's fingers were prodding Leithgow's head like that of any dumb animal chosen as subject for experimentation.

    The Affair of the Brains Anthony Gilmore
British Dictionary definitions for prodding

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 prodding

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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