- 1[transitive, intransitive] to push somebody/something with your finger or with a pointed object synonym poke prod somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) She prodded him in the ribs to wake him up. prod at somebody/something He prodded at his breakfast with a fork.
- 2[transitive] prod somebody (into something/into doing something) to try to make somebody do something, especially when they are unwilling She finally prodded him into action. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (as a verb): perhaps symbolic of a short poking movement, or a blend of poke and dialect brod ‘to goad, prod’. The noun dates from the mid 18th cent.Extra examples ‘You still haven’t answered my question,‘ she prodded him. Dan prodded at his breakfast with a fork. He kept very quiet until she prodded him to say what he was looking for. Institutions were prodded into changing over to commercial management structures. Martha prodded him awake. She prodded the dry ground with a stick. Someone was prodding me in the ribs.
BrE BrE//prɒd//; NAmE NAmE//prɑːd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prod
BrE BrE//prɒd//; NAmE NAmE//prɑːd//he / she / it prods
BrE BrE//prɒdz//; NAmE NAmE//prɑːdz//past simple prodded
BrE BrE//ˈprɒdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːdɪd//past participle prodded
BrE BrE//ˈprɒdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːdɪd//-ing form prodding
BrE BrE//ˈprɒdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːdɪŋ//