AskDefine | Define prod

Dictionary Definition



1 a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves" [syn: goad, goading, prodding, urging, spur, spurring]
2 a pointed instrument used to prod into motion [syn: goad]


1 to push against gently; "She nudged my elbow when she saw her friend enter the restaurant" [syn: nudge, poke at]
2 urge on; cause to act; "They other children egged the boy on, but he did not want to throw the stone through the window" [syn: incite, egg on]
3 poke or thrust abruptly; "he jabbed his finger into her ribs" [syn: jab, stab, poke, dig] [also: prodding, prodded]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To poke, to encourage, to push, to touch


  1. A device (often electric) used to goad livestock into moving. See also cattle prod (Wikipedia).


Extensive Definition

Prod can refer to:
  • Cattle prod, a device (often electric) used to goad livestock into moving
  • An offensive term common to Ireland referring to someone of the Protestant faith

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