prod1 past tense and past participle prodded, present participle prodding [intransitive and transitive]
to quickly push something or someone with your finger or a pointed object [= poke]:
'Don't go to sleep,' she said, prodding me in the ribs.
Theo prodded at the dead snake.
to make someone do something by persuading or reminding them that it is necessary, especially when they are lazy or unwilling
prod somebody into (doing) something
It had prodded Ben into doing something about it.
The strike may prod the government into action.
—prodding noun [uncountable]
He's a bright kid, but he needs prodding.