(third-person singular simple present prods, present participle prodding, simple past and past participle prodded)
- To poke, to push, to touch.
- To encourage, to prompt.
From Middle English brodden, from Old Norse broddr (“shaft, spike"), from Proto-Germanic *bruzdaz. Cognate with Icelandic broddur, Danish brod.
It is most commonly used in Ireland and Scotland, though usage is not limited to those regions.
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.