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Syllabification: prod
Pronunciation: /präd

verb (prods, prodding, prodded)

[with object]
1Poke (someone) with a finger, foot, or pointed object: he prodded her in the ribs to stop her snoring [no object]: a woman prods at a tiger with a stick
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  • I poked and prodded at these sites in hopes to locate some remaining muscle tissue, but very little was found.
  • Olivia poked and prodded at me for a few minutes as she tried to make sure that she knew what to fix and what to leave.
  • Wind picks at a stray lace; I uncoil a hand from jacket cuff, poke out a finger and prod the lace back beside ankle under my foot, moving my foot slightly to make it stay in.
poke, jab, dig, elbow, butt, stab
1.1Stimulate or persuade (someone who is reluctant or slow) to do something: he has been trying to prod the White House into launching an antipoverty program
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  • The August 28, 1963 March on Washington was planned to prod a reluctant Congress to enact a comprehensive civil rights bill.
  • The main caveat here is to refrain from using hypnosis to prod a reluctant client/patient into this type of therapy.
  • Nobody was in a hurry and none was seen prodding the organisers to get on with the item.
spur, stimulate, stir, rouse, prompt, drive, galvanize; persuade, urge, chivvy; incite, goad, egg on, provoke


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1A poke with a finger, foot, or pointed object: he gave the wire netting an experimental prod
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  • After a few prods and pokes, he gave an injection for the pain, sat at his desk, lifted the phone and ordered the air ambulance.
  • With appropriate physical gentleness, have a poke and a prod and check out the territory.
  • But it was just a question of getting on with it with pokes and prods.
poke, jab, dig, elbow, butt, thrust
1.1An act of stimulating or reminding someone to do something: he’ll need a little prod to get back to the task at hand
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  • This is a gentle prod to the player to quickly finish off the game.
  • A card full of love and silly jokes, and a gentle prod to point me back to my Bible, starting with the bits that I love.
  • It is the force by which all wrongful things are repelled from us, the sharp prod which spurs the dullards onward.
stimulus, push, prompt, reminder, spur; incitement, goad
2A pointed implement, typically one discharging an electric current and used as a goad: a cattle prod
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  • Some writers have suggested that electric prods should never be used or should be used sparingly.
  • The US soldiers wouldn't let him get back in the line and beat him with long batons and electric cattle prods.
  • It said the ‘state thugs’ beat people with batons and electric cattle prods, injuring around a dozen people, including one person whose foot was broken.


mid 16th century (as a verb): perhaps symbolic of a short poking movement, or a blend of poke1 and dialect brod 'to goad, prod' The noun dates from the mid 18th century.



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  • In The Philippines Britain even sells their corrupt government torture instruments to keep the peasants in line like industrial cattle prodders and electrodes under various loop holes.
  • Do electric prodders ‘spark’ when earthed, and can they be earthed, even lightly, without delivering the full jolt?
  • He's been such a persistent presidential prodder on the issue, he's earned the ultimate accolade, a White House nickname: ‘The Pest.’

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informal , offensive
(Especially in Ireland) a Protestant.


1940s: abbreviation representing a pronunciation.

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