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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

  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




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.

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

  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

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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