Synonyms of prod
1 pokeDictionary • He prodded Murray with the shotgun.
poke • Lindy poked him in the ribs.
push • They pushed him into the car.
dig • She dug her nails into his flesh.
shove • He shoved her out of the way.
propel • The rocket is designed to propel the spacecraft.
nudge • `Stop it,' he said, and nudged me in the ribs.
jab • A needle was jabbed into the baby's arm.
prick • She pricked her finger with a needle.
2 promptDictionary • a tactic to prod the government into spending more on the Health Service
prompt • The recession has prompted consumers to cut back on buying cars.
move • The hearings moved him to come up with these suggestions.
urge • They urged parliament to approve plans for their reform programme.
motivate • His hard work was motivated by a need to achieve.
spur • His friend's plight had spurred him into taking part.
stimulate • I was stimulated to examine my deepest thoughts.
rouse • He did more to rouse the crowd than anybody else.
incite • He incited his fellow citizens to take revenge.
goad • He goaded me into taking direct action.
impel • I felt impelled to go on speaking.
put a bomb under (informal)
1 pokeDictionary • He gave the donkey a prod in the backside.
poke • John smiled and gave Richard a playful poke.
push • He gave me a sharp push.
dig • She silenced him with a sharp dig in the small of the back.
shove • She gave Gracie a shove in the back.
nudge • She slipped her arm under his and gave him a nudge.
jab • He gave me a jab in the side.
2 promptDictionary • She won't do it without a prod from you.
prompt • Her blushes were saved by a prompt from her host.
signal • You mustn't fire without my signal.
cue • He took this as his cue to leave.
reminder • They are about to be given a sharp reminder.
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cueIn the theatre or in a musical performance, a performer's cue is something another performer says or does that is a signal for them to begin speaking, playing, or doing something.
• He took this as his cue to leave.
• She dug her nails into his flesh.
digIf you give someone a dig in a part of their body, you push them with your finger or your elbow, usually as a warning or as a joke.
• She silenced him with a sharp dig in the small of the back.
Thesaurus for prod from the Collins English Thesaurus
to poke or jab with or as if with a pointed object