prick

noun
\ˈprik \

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

prick

verb
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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Synonyms for prick

Synonyms: Noun

ache, pain, pang, shoot, smart, sting, stitch, throe, tingle, twinge

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Examples of prick in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

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

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for prick

Noun

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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prick

verb

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.

prick

noun
\ˈprik \

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

prick

verb
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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