prick

/prɪk / (say prik)

noun
1. a puncture made by a needle, thorn, or the like.
2. the act of pricking: the prick of a needle.
3. the state or sensation of being pricked.
4. Colloquial (taboo)
a. the penis.
b. an unpleasant or despicable person.

5. Obsolete a small or minute mark; a dot or a point.
6. Obsolete a goad for oxen.
7. Obsolete any pointed instrument or weapon.
verb (t)
8. to pierce with a sharp point; puncture.
9. to affect with sharp pain, as from piercing.
10. to cause sharp mental pain to; sting, as with remorse or sorrow: his conscience pricked him suddenly.
11. to urge on with, or as with, a goad or spur: my duty pricks me on.
12. to cause to stand erect or point upwards: the dog pricked up its ears.
13. Farriery
a. to lame (a horse) by driving a nail improperly into its hoof.
b. to nick: to prick a horse's tail.
14. Obsolete to mark (a surface) with pricks or dots in tracing something.
15. Obsolete to mark or trace (something) on a surface by pricks or dots.
16. Obsolete to write down (music) by means of pricks or notes on a page.
verb (i)
17. to perform the action of piercing or puncturing something.
18. to have a sensation of being pricked.
19. Also, prick up. to rise erect or point upwards, as the ears of an animal.
20. Obsolete to spur or urge a horse on; ride rapidly.
phrase
21. a prick of a …, an extremely difficult, unpleasant, disagreeable, etc., …: a prick of a job.
22. kick against the pricks, to indulge in futile struggles against the harsh realities of life. {Phrase Origin: where pricks refer to the rowels of the spur used to goad a horse forward, to resist which could cause injury}
23. prick off, to measure (distance, etc.) on a chart with dividers.
24. prick out, to transplant (seedlings, etc.) from their original beds to larger boxes.
25. prick up one's ears, to listen, especially at something unexpected or of particular interest.
{defs 1–7 (noun) Middle English prike, Old English prica dot; defs 8–20 (verb) Middle English priken, Old English prician, from prica puncture}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Prick — Prick, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pricked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pricking}.] [AS. prician; akin to LG. pricken, D. prikken, Dan. prikke, Sw. pricka. See {Prick}, n., and cf. {Prink}, {Prig}.] 1. To pierce slightly with a sharp pointed instrument or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prick — Prick, n. [AS. prica, pricca, pricu; akin to LG. prick, pricke, D. prik, Dan. prik, prikke, Sw. prick. Cf. {Prick}, v.] 1. That which pricks, penetrates, or punctures; a sharp and slender thing; a pointed instrument; a goad; a spur, etc.; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prick — can refer to: * Prick (album), an album by the rock band The Melvins * A band or a self titled album by an industrial rock project led by Kevin McMahon (musician) * Prick , a single by the Australian band Something for Kate * Prick can be a slang …   Wikipedia

  • prick — (n.) O.E. prica (n.) point, puncture, particle; prician (v.) to prick, from W.Gmc. *prikojanan (Cf. Low Ger. pricken, Du. prikken to prick ); Dan. prikke to mark with dots, Swed. pricka to point, prick, mark with dots are probably from Low German …   Etymology dictionary

  • prick — [prik] n. [ME prike < OE prica, point, dot, akin to Du prik, MHG pfrecken] 1. a very small puncture or, formerly, dot, made by a sharp point 2. Archaic any of various pointed objects, as a thorn, goad, etc. 3. PRICKING 4. a sharp pain caused… …   English World dictionary

  • prick|le — «PRIHK uhl», noun, verb, led, ling. –n. 1. a) a small, sharp point; thorn; spine: »One of the prickles on the rosebush caught in my thumb. b) Botany. a sharp point growing from the bark of a plant like a thorn but able to be peeled off. 2. a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Prick — (englisch wörtlich „Stachel“, meist übertragen vulgär „Penis“) ist eine Rock Band von Kevin McMahon, der auch ein anderes musikalisches Projekt mit dem Namen Lucky Pierre führt. Das selbstbetitelte Debüt Prick aus dem Jahr 1995 wurde von Trent… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Prick — Album par Melvins Sortie Le 5 août 1994 Enregistrement Avril 1994 Durée 41 59 Genre Rock indépendant Metal Punk rock …   Wikipédia en Français

  • prick — ► VERB 1) press briefly or puncture with a sharp point. 2) feel a sensation as though a sharp point were sticking into one. 3) (often prick up) (chiefly of a horse or dog) make (the ears) stand erect when alert. 4) (prick out) plant (seedlings)… …   English terms dictionary

  • prick|et — prick|et1 «PRIHK iht», noun. 1. a sharp metal point on which to stick a candle. 2. a candlestick with such a point or points. ╂[Middle English pryket, perhaps < pryk prick + et et] prick|et2 «PRIHK iht», noun. a buck in his second year, with… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Prick — Prick, v. i. 1. To be punctured; to suffer or feel a sharp pain, as by puncture; as, a sore finger pricks. [1913 Webster] 2. To spur onward; to ride on horseback. Milton. [1913 Webster] A gentle knight was pricking on the plain. Spenser. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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