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prick

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noun \ˈprik\

Definition of prick

  1. 1 :  a mark or shallow hole made by a pointed instrument

  2. 2 a :  a pointed instrument or weapon b :  a sharp projecting organ or part

  3. 3 :  an instance of pricking or the sensation of being pricked: as a :  a nagging or sharp feeling of remorse, regret, or sorrow b :  a slight sharply localized discomfort <the prick of a needle>

  4. 4 usually vulgar :  penis

  5. 5 usually vulgar :  a spiteful or contemptible man often having some authority



Examples of prick in a sentence

  1. She felt a prick as the thorn jabbed her foot.

  2. He felt the prick of the needle.

  3. She felt a prick of jealousy.



Origin of prick

Middle English prikke, from Old English prica; akin to Middle Dutch pric prick


First Known Use: before 12th century


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prick

verb

Simple Definition of prick

  • : to make a very small hole in (something) with a sharp pointed object

  • : to cause a sharp, painful feeling on or in (part of your body)

  • : to make (someone) feel guilt, shame, regret, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prick

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pierce slightly with a sharp point

  3. 2 :  to affect with anguish, grief, or remorse <doubt began to prick him — Philip Hale>

  4. 3 :  to ride, guide, or urge on with or as if with spurs :  goad

  5. 4 :  to mark, distinguish, or note by means of a small mark

  6. 5 :  to trace or outline with punctures

  7. 6 :  to remove (a young seedling) from the seedbed to another suitable for further growth —usually used with out

  8. 7 :  to cause to be or stand erect <a dog pricking its ears>

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 a :  to prick something or cause a pricking sensation b :  to feel discomfort as if from being pricked

  11. 2 a :  to urge a horse with the spur b :  to ride fast

  12. 3 :  thrust

  13. 4 :  to become directed upward :  point

prick up one's ears
  1. :  to listen intently

Examples of prick in a sentence

  1. The nurse pricked my finger and squeezed out a drop of blood.

  2. The sharp shells pricked the bottoms of our feet.

  3. She was pricked by doubt.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of prick

before 12th century



PRICK Defined for Kids

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prick

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noun \ˈprik\

Definition of prick for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of piercing with a small sharp point

  2. 2 :  a feeling of pain that accompanies a piercing of the skin with a sharp point

  3. 3 :  a sudden strong feeling <a prick of conscience>




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prick

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verb

Definition of prick for Students

prickedpricking

  1. 1 :  to point upward <The horse pricked up its ears.>

  2. 2 :  to pierce slightly with a sharp point

  3. 3 :  to have or to cause a feeling of or as if of being pierced with a sharp point




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