prod
noun.
a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something
the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves
noun.
a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion
Synonym: goad
verb.
to push against gently
She nudged my elbow when she saw her friend enter the restaurant
Synonym: nudge, poke at
verb.
urge on; cause to act
The other children egged the boy on, but he did not want to throw the stone through the window
Synonym: egg on, incite
verb.
poke or thrust abruptly
he jabbed his finger into her ribs
Synonym: stab, poke, jab, dig