prickle


1prick·le

noun \ˈpri-kəl\

: one of usually many stiff, sharp points that grow on some plants

: a slight, sharp feeling of an emotion

Full Definition of PRICKLE

1
:  a fine sharp process or projection; especially :  a sharp pointed emergence arising from the epidermis or bark of a plant
2
:  a prickling or tingling sensation

Examples of PRICKLE

  1. She felt a prickle of fear as the stranger came closer to her.
  2. He felt the familiar prickle of excitement as the game began.

Origin of PRICKLE

Middle English prikle, from Old English pricle; akin to Old English prica prick
First Known Use: 15th century

2prickle

verb

: to cause or experience an unpleasant feeling that is like the feeling of having many small, sharp points against your skin

prick·ledprick·ling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of PRICKLE

transitive verb
1
:  to prick slightly
2
:  to produce prickles in
intransitive verb
:  to cause or feel a prickling, tingling, or stinging sensation

Examples of PRICKLE

  1. The burrs were prickling my arm.
  2. The wool sweater prickled my skin.
  3. My skin prickled with fear.
  4. The hair prickled on the back of my neck.
  5. She felt a prickling sensation in her shoulder.

First Known Use of PRICKLE

1513

Rhymes with PRICKLE

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