A cattle prod.
"It's your turn," she reminded me, giving me a prod on the shoulder.
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.
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.
Origin of prod
- Origin unknown
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English brodden, from Old Norse broddr (“shaft, spike"), from Proto-Germanic *bruzdaz. Cognate with Icelandic broddur, Danish brod.