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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.
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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..
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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
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[ˈprɒdɪŋ] n (= prompting) → encouragement m
without prodding → sans qu'on l'y encourage or sans qu'on les y encourage
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References in classic literature ?
For, when a man with a wooden leg lies prone on his stomach to peep under bedsteads; and hops up ladders, like some extinct bird, to survey the tops of presses and cupboards; and provides himself an iron rod which he is always poking and prodding into dust-mounds; the probability is that he expects to find something.
They were shaking and prodding him into consciousness.
All the while, the World Bank should be on the front lines prodding, and helping these nations to embrace necessary reforms.