\ ˈprik How to pronounce prick (audio) \

Definition of prick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a mark or shallow hole made by a pointed instrument
2a : a pointed instrument or weapon
b : a sharp projecting organ or part
3 : an instance of pricking or the sensation of being pricked: such as
a : a nagging or sharp feeling of remorse, regret, or sorrow
b : a slight sharply localized discomfort the prick of a needle
4 vulgar : penis
5 slang, vulgar : a spiteful or contemptible man often having some authority


pricked; pricking; pricks

Definition of prick (Entry 2 of 2)

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

1a : to prick something or cause a pricking sensation
b : to feel discomfort as if from being pricked
2a : 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

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Examples of prick in a Sentence


She felt a prick as the thorn jabbed her foot. He felt the prick of the needle. She felt a prick of jealousy.


The nurse pricked my finger and squeezed out a drop of blood. The sharp shells pricked the bottoms of our feet. She was pricked by doubt.
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First Known Use of prick


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for prick


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

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The first known use of prick was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners 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.


\ ˈprik How to pronounce prick (audio) \

Kids Definition of prick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act of piercing with a small sharp point
2 : a feeling of pain that accompanies a piercing of the skin with a sharp point
3 : a sudden strong feeling a prick of conscience


pricked; pricking

Kids Definition of prick (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to point upward The horse pricked up its ears.
2 : to pierce slightly with a sharp point
3 : to have or to cause a feeling of or as if of being pierced with a sharp point

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Spanish Central: Translation of prick


grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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