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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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  • Recently archaeologists have been doing some additional prodding.
  • No amount of prodding would get it to head into the wind with me on its back.
  • He has been poking, prodding and pondering the problem for many years.
  • These are dishes you'll want to eat again and again-no prodding required.
  • They're influenced by their environment: keas dig haphazardly for food, crows are used to precise prodding.
  • It is only after a bit of prodding that they are willing to confess to a bit of favoritism.
  • By simply turning the camera on before prodding the ant, however, he succeeded in capturing the animal's movements on tape.
  • With the prodding of his father, he turned himself in to local police.
  • It is prodding firms to settle trade and even acquire foreign companies in its own currency.
  • The cash crunch has come despite repeated prodding by the government to help private businesses.
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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