prodder, n.
/prod/, v., prodded, prodding, n.
1. to poke or jab with or as if with something pointed: I prodded him with my elbow.
2. to rouse or incite as if by poking; nag; goad.
3. the act of prodding; a poke or jab.
4. any of various pointed instruments used as a goad, esp. an electrified rod that administers a mild shock: a cattle prod.
[1525-35; orig. uncert.]
Syn. 2. impel, stir, prompt, excite.

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