A person prodding dough with their fingers.
- The definition of a prod is an action intended as a reminder, or is a poke with a finger or other pointed object.
- When you remind someone to do something, this reminder is an example of a prod.
- A poke with a finger is an example of a prod.
- To prod is to encourage someone to do something, or to poke at someone with your finger, foot or other pointed object.
- When you encourage your spouse to go back to school, this is an example of a time when you prod him to go to school.
- When you poke someone with your finger, this is an example of a time when you prod.
transitive verbprod′ded, prod′ding
- to jab or poke with or as with a pointed stick; goad
- to urge or stir into action
Origin of prodfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- the act of prodding; jab, poke, thrust, etc.
- something that prods; specif., a rod or pointed stick used in driving cattle
transitive verbprod·ded, prod·ding, prods
- To jab or poke, as with a pointed object.
- To goad to action; incite.
- A pointed object used to prod: a cattle prod.
- An incitement; a stimulus.
Origin of prodOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present prods, present participle prodding, simple past and past participle prodded)
From Middle English brodden, from Old Norse broddr (“shaft, spike"), from Proto-Germanic *bruzdaz. Cognate with Icelandic broddur, Danish brod.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Case Names and Institutional Authors in Citations", Table T6, p. 430-431.