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prick

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: 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

Examples of prick in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of prick

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

prick Synonyms


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prick

verb

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 in a Sentence

  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.



PRICK Defined for English Language Learners

prick

verb

Definition of prick for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


PRICK Defined for Kids

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prick

noun \ ˈprik \

Definition of prick for Students

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

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prick

verb

Definition of prick for Students

pricked; pricking
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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