prick (up) one's ears

Definition of prick (up) one's ears

of an animal

  1. :  to cause (the ears) to point upward The dog pricked (up) its ears at the sound. —used figuratively of people to suggest listening carefully She pricked up her ears when they said her name.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a mark or shallow hole made by a pointed instrument

    :  a pointed instrument or weapon

    :  a sharp projecting organ or part

  1. :  to pierce slightly with a sharp point

    :  to affect with anguish, grief, or remorse

    :  to ride, guide, or urge on with or as if with spurs :  goad

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

earplay ears
  1. :  the characteristic vertebrate organ of hearing and equilibrium consisting in the typical mammal of a sound-collecting outer ear separated by the tympanic membrane from a sound-transmitting middle ear that in turn is separated from a sensory inner ear by membranous fenestrae

    :  any of various organs (as of a fish) capable of detecting vibratory motion

    :  the external ear of humans and most mammals

  1. :  the fruiting spike of a cereal (such as wheat or corn) including both the seeds and protective structures

  1. :  to form ears in growing

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