Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To jab or poke, as with a pointed object.
  • transitive v. To goad to action; incite.
  • n. A pointed object used to prod: a cattle prod.
  • n. An incitement; a stimulus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To poke, to push, to touch.
  • v. To encourage, to prompt.
  • n. A device (often electrical) used to goad livestock into moving.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pointed instrument for pricking or puncturing, as a goad, an awl, a skewer, etc.
  • n. A prick or stab which a pointed instrument.
  • n. A light kind of crossbow; -- in the sense, often spelled prodd.
  • transitive v. To thrust some pointed instrument into; to prick with something sharp; ; hence, to goad, to incite, to worry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pointed (often blunt-pointed) weapon or instrument, as a goad or an awl.
  • n. A long wooden pin used to secure thatch upon a roof. See the quotation.
  • n. A crossbow used for throwing balls of metal or stone. Compare stone-bow.
  • n. [⟨ prod, v.] A prick or punch with a pointed or somewhat blunt instrument; a poke.
  • To prick or punch with a pointed instrument; goad; poke.
  • n. A pyramidal or conical point which protrudes from the face of a loam-plate or a core-plate for the purpose of holding or retaining the loam.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. urge on; cause to act
  • v. to push against gently
  • n. a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion
  • v. poke or thrust abruptly
  • n. a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English brodden, from Old Norse broddr ("shaft, spike"), from Proto-Germanic *bruzdaz. Cognate with Icelandic broddur, Danish brod. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hopefully not by me. * hint hint, prod prod* I should probably get around to subbing those in-game movies too.

    Anime Nano!

  • Speaking from experience, there are a lot of distractions at the show and a gentle prod from a collector is a good way to remind me to hold a coin.

    Preparing Yourself for the FUN Coin Show in Orlando : Coin Collecting News

  • With AFL/CIO in bed with Oregon Industries, Business Alliance, and Chamber of Commerce you know you have been bent over and the cattle prod is coming.

    Sweet nothings from the Goldschmidt people (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Like this one best but they were all superb efforts I prod is fabulous too!!!

    The Sensible Season

  • The mutawwa'in prod shoppers to say their devotions when the shops close for prayer, several times daily.

    The Kingdom in the Closet

  • Carlotta was a "prod"; it was only because she came at the end of the alphabet that she was left out, but thanks to Betty's fly-away fashion of running off to speak to some junior ushers, and then calling the Blunderbuss, whose mother wanted to see her a minute, nobody could find out positively who it was that had been "flunked out" of 19 --.

    Betty Wales Senior

  • Clara Ellis, a rather lugubrious individual, who had been put on the committee because she was a "prod" in "English lit.," and not because she had the least bit of executive ability.

    Betty Wales Senior

  • Drawn at first by my incredulity that any­one would actu­ally name a prod­uct “Nads”, I quickly got sucked in by the fun Aus­tralian accents, the video (shown over and over) of a wife wax­ing her husband’s back hair, and the infec­tious exu­ber­ance of the prod­uct demon­stra­tors.

    And If You Call Now … « Snarkmarket

  • John L. Smith said coaches will have to "prod" the team. subscribe to read the rest of this story ...

    Scout.com > HawgsIllustrated.com

  • After saying there's only one thing left to change, some minor color change, equally absurd … I think Alan felt like you kind of prod someone long enough and they're going to snap.

    The Comics Journal

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  • That's just craze.

    October 21, 2008

  • *gobsmacked*

    October 21, 2008

  • Ugh, ugh, ugh. Australian Macworld has published this travesty in an interview with a Microsoft Business Unit marketing manager:

    "There are a lot of reasons behind that, and we expected that just because of the response to the beta version of the product. It also has a lot to do with the prod, which was a lot more Mac-ified. One of the things we really wanted to do in terms of launching the prod was looking at ways of enhancing it to provide a more simplified user experience."

    Apparently saying "product" takes too long nowadays…

    Other creepy, weasely things in this interview include:
    "I'm not across that" (try: I don't know)
    "…one thing we're doing is always listening to customer feedback to improve anonymously." (I'm not even sure that it's possible to improve anonymously…)
    "While it's essentially a different prod across the platform, it's different because the usability is different." (huh?)
    "It's called a View but it has a lot of functionality." (’cause most views are completely without function)
    "This is one of the core competencies of the product…" (whimper)
    "the OpenXML base file formats – which are a lot less susceptible to corrupting" (corruption perhaps?)

    October 21, 2008