1. A pointed instrument for pricking or puncturing, as a goad, an awl, a skewer, etc.
2. A prick or stab which a pointed instrument.
3. A light kind of crossbow; -- in the sense, often spelled prodd.
Prod, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prodded p. pr. & vb. n. Prodding.] To thrust some pointed instrument into; to prick with something sharp; as, to prod a soldier with a bayonet; to prod oxen; hence, to goad, to incite, to worry; as, to prod a student.
n 1: a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something;
"the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves" [syn: goad,
goading, prodding, urging, spur, spurring]
2: a pointed instrument used to prod into motion [syn: goad]
v 1: to push against gently; "She nudged my elbow when she saw
her friend enter the restaurant" [syn: nudge, poke at]
2: urge on; cause to act; "They other children egged the boy
on, but he did not want to throw the stone through the
window" [syn: incite, egg on]
3: poke or thrust abruptly; "he jabbed his finger into her
ribs" [syn: jab, stab, poke, dig]
[also: prodding, prodded]