Definition of prod noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prɒd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɑːd//
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  1. 1the act of pushing somebody with your finger or with a pointed object synonym dig She gave him a sharp prod with her umbrella. She gave the pile of clothes another prod.
  2. 2(informal) an act of encouraging somebody or of reminding somebody to do something If they haven't replied by next week, you'll have to call them and give them a prod.
  3. 3an instrument like a stick that is used for prodding animals
  4. 4Prod (also Proddie
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒdi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːdi//
    (informal) an offensive word for a Protestant
  5. Word Originmid 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.
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