prod

A teacher might use a verbal prod when students aren't participating in class. A prod is an encouragement, like the threat of a quiz. Just hope the teacher doesn't use the kind of prod a rancher uses to keep cattle moving!

Prod can also be a verb that refers to a soft poke or a nudge, like when you prod someone in the ribs with your finger. It can also describe verbal encouragement that's used when you want something or want to know something. For example, you might prod your sister into helping you do your math homework.

Definitions of prod
1

v push against gently

Synonyms:
nudge, poke at
Types:
jog
give a slight push to
elbow
shove one's elbow into another person's ribs
Type of:
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

v poke or thrust abruptly

Synonyms:
dig, jab, poke, stab
Type of:
thrust
push forcefully

v urge on; cause to act

Synonyms:
egg on, incite
Types:
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goose
prod into action
halloo
urge on with shouts
goad
urge with or as if with a goad
spur
goad with spurs

n a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion

Synonyms:
goad
Types:
ankus
an elephant goad with a sharp spike and a hook
gad, spur
a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward
Type of:
device
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

n a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something

“the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves”
Synonyms:
goad, goading, prodding, spur, spurring, urging
Type of:
encouragement
the expression of approval and support

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