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tr.v. prod·ded, prod·ding, prods
1. To jab or poke, as with a pointed object.
2. To goad to action; incite.
1. A pointed object used to prod: a cattle prod.
2. An incitement; a stimulus.

[Origin unknown.]

prod′der n.


or prod  (prŏd)
n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a Protestant.


1. the act or an instance of poking or jabbing with or as if with a pointed object
2. the act or an instance of rousing or urging to action: She did her chores without prodding..
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prodding - a verbalization that encourages you to attempt somethingprodding - a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves"
encouragement - the expression of approval and support


[ˈprɒdɪŋ] n (= prompting) → encouragement m
without prodding → sans qu'on l'y encourage or sans qu'on les y encourage
References in classic literature ?
There was a sudden crash and the car came to a halt, and the ingot toppled out upon a moving platform, where steel fingers and arms seized hold of it, punching it and prodding it into place, and hurrying it into the grip of huge rollers.
Each important step forward was the result of the cooperation of many minds, and the prodding necessities of a growing traffic.
for God's sake hold thy tongue, Sancho, and henceforward keep to prodding thy ass and don't meddle in what does not concern thee; and understand with all thy five senses that everything I have done, am doing, or shall do, is well founded on reason and in conformity with the rules of chivalry, for I understand them better than all the world that profess them.