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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.



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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.’


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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informal , • offensive
  • (Especially in Ireland) a Protestant.


1940s: abbreviation representing a pronunciation.

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