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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from brod 'pointed stick for making an animal go forward' (14-19 centuries), probably from Old Norse broddr 'spike'

prod

2 noun
     
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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?
3TZ a pointed instrument used for pushing animals, to make them move:

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