from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To jab or poke, as with a pointed object.
- transitive v. To goad to action; incite.
- n. A pointed object used to prod: a cattle prod.
- n. An incitement; a stimulus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To poke, to push, to touch.
- v. To encourage, to prompt.
- n. A device (often electrical) used to goad livestock into moving.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pointed instrument for pricking or puncturing, as a goad, an awl, a skewer, etc.
- n. A prick or stab which a pointed instrument.
- n. A light kind of crossbow; -- in the sense, often spelled prodd.
- transitive v. To thrust some pointed instrument into; to prick with something sharp; ; hence, to goad, to incite, to worry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pointed (often blunt-pointed) weapon or instrument, as a goad or an awl.
- n. A long wooden pin used to secure thatch upon a roof. See the quotation.
- n. A crossbow used for throwing balls of metal or stone. Compare stone-bow.
- n. [⟨ prod, v.] A prick or punch with a pointed or somewhat blunt instrument; a poke.
- To prick or punch with a pointed instrument; goad; poke.
- n. A pyramidal or conical point which protrudes from the face of a loam-plate or a core-plate for the purpose of holding or retaining the loam.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. urge on; cause to act
- v. to push against gently
- n. a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion
- v. poke or thrust abruptly
- n. a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English brodden, from Old Norse broddr ("shaft, spike"), from Proto-Germanic *bruzdaz. Cognate with Icelandic broddur, Danish brod. (Wiktionary)