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prickle

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noun prick·le \ˈpri-kəl\

Definition of prickle

  1. 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. 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.

Origin and Etymology of prickle

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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prickle

verb prick·le

Definition of prickle

prickled

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prickling

play \-k(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to prick slightly

  3. 2 :  to produce prickles in

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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.

Circa 1522

First Known Use of prickle

circa 1522


PRICKLE Defined for English Language Learners

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prickle

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noun prick·le \ˈpri-kəl\

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


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prickle

verb prick·le

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

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noun prick·le \ˈpri-kəl\

Definition of prickle for Students

  1. 1 :  a small sharp point (as a thorn)

  2. 2 :  a slight stinging pain


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prickle

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verb prick·le

Definition of prickle for Students

prickled

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prickling

  1. :  2prick 3



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