Meaning of “prod” in the English Dictionary

"prod" in British English

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prodverb

uk /prɒd/ us /prɑːd/ -dd-

[ I or T ] to push something or someone with your finger or with a pointed object:

I prodded her in the back to get her attention.
She prodded the cake with her fork to see if it was cooked.
He prodded at the fish with his fork a few times, but he didn't eat a mouthful.

[ T ] to encourage someone to take action, especially when they are being slow or unwilling:

He gets things done, but only after I've prodded him into doing them.

prodnoun

uk /prɒd/ us /prɑːd/

[ C ] an act of pushing something or someone with your finger or with a pointed object:

He gave her a prod in the ribs.

[ S ] encouragement to do something:

She hasn't ordered that book for me yet - I must give her a prod.

(Definition of “prod” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prod" in American English

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prodverb [ I/T ]

us /prɑd/ -dd-

to push something or someone with your finger or with an object:

[ T ] The barber prodded the back of Ray’s head.

To prod someone is to encourage someone to take action, esp. when the person is slow or unwilling:

[ I ] No matter how much I prod he will not tell me what happened.
prod
noun [ C ] us /prɑd/

The protests were a prod for Congress to debate the issue.

(Definition of “prod” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)