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pinprick

noun pin·prick \ ˈpin-ˌprik \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of pinprick

1 : a small puncture made by or as if by a pin
2 : a petty irritation or annoyance

Examples of pinprick in a Sentence

  1. He felt a pinprick in his leg.

  2. the nurse kindly put a decorated bandage over the pinprick from the injection

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First Known Use of pinprick

1755

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pinprick Synonyms


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pinprick

verb

Definition of pinprick

: to administer pinpricks to
: to administer pinpricks

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First Known Use of pinprick

1871

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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PINPRICK Defined for English Language Learners

pinprick

Definition of pinprick for English Language Learners

  • : a small hole that is made by a pin or other sharp tool

  • : a very small point or dot

  • : a slight but sharp pain caused by a pin or needle



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