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prickle

noun prick·le \ ˈpri-kəl \

Definition of prickle

1 : a fine sharp process or projection; especially : a sharp pointed emergence arising from the epidermis or cortex (see cortex 3a) of a plant (such as a rose or raspberry) — compare spine, thorn
2 : a prickling or tingling sensation

Examples of prickle in a Sentence

  1. She felt a prickle of fear as the stranger came closer to her.

  2. He felt the familiar prickle of excitement as the game began.

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Origin and Etymology of prickle

Middle English prikle, from Old English pricle; akin to Old English prica prick


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prickle

verb

Definition of prickle

prickled; prickling play \ˈpri-k(ə-)liŋ\
1 : to prick slightly
2 : to produce prickles in
: to cause or feel a prickling, tingling, or stinging sensation

Examples of prickle in a Sentence

  1. The burrs were prickling my arm.

  2. The wool sweater prickled my skin.

  3. My skin prickled with fear.

  4. The hair prickled on the back of my neck.

  5. She felt a prickling sensation in her shoulder.

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First Known Use of prickle

circa 1522

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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PRICKLE Defined for English Language Learners

prickle

Definition of prickle for English Language Learners

  • : one of usually many stiff, sharp points that grow on some plants

  • : a slight, sharp feeling of an emotion


prickle

Definition of prickle for English Language Learners

  • : to cause or experience an unpleasant feeling that is like the feeling of having many small, sharp points against your skin


PRICKLE Defined for Kids

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prickle

noun prick·le \ ˈpri-kəl \

Definition of prickle for Students

1 : a small sharp point (as a thorn)
2 : a slight stinging pain

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prickle

verb

Definition of prickle for Students

prickled; prickling
: 2prick 3


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