|Origin:||Perhaps from brod 'pointed stick for making an animal go forward' (14-19 centuries), probably from Old Norse broddr 'spike'|
prod2 [countable usually singular]
1 especially British English
a quick pushing movement, using your finger or a pointed object [= poke]:
'Go on,' he whispered, giving me a prod in the back.
2 British English
when you persuade or remind someone to do something:
Why don't you ring the shop and give them a prod?
a pointed instrument used for pushing animals, to make them move: