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1prick

noun \ˈprik\

Definition of PRICK

1
:  a mark or shallow hole made by a pointed instrument
2
a :  a pointed instrument or weapon
b :  a sharp projecting organ or part
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
usually vulgar :  penis
5
usually vulgar :  a spiteful or contemptible man often having some authority

Examples of PRICK

  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

2prick

verb

: 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.

Full Definition of PRICK

transitive verb
1
:  to pierce slightly with a sharp point
2
:  to affect with anguish, grief, or remorse <doubt began to prick him — Philip Hale>
3
:  to ride, guide, or urge on with or as if with spurs :  goad
4
:  to mark, distinguish, or note by means of a small mark
5
:  to trace or outline with punctures
6
:  to remove (a young seedling) from the seedbed to another suitable for further growth —usually used with out
7
:  to cause to be or stand erect <a dog pricking its ears>
intransitive verb
1
a :  to prick something or cause a pricking sensation
b :  to feel discomfort as if from being pricked
2
a :  to urge a horse with the spur
b :  to ride fast
3
:  thrust
4
:  to become directed upward :  point
prick up one's ears
:  to listen intently

Examples of PRICK

  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.

First Known Use of PRICK

before 12th century

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