[ UK /pɹˈɪk/ ]
[ US /ˈpɹɪk/ ]
  1. cause a prickling sensation
  2. deliver a sting to
    A bee stung my arm yesterday
  3. to cause a sharp emotional pain
    The thought of her unhappiness pricked his conscience
  4. cause a stinging pain
    The needle pricked his skin
  5. stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
  6. make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
    The nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample
  7. raise
    The dog pricked up his ears
  1. insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous
  2. obscene terms for penis
  3. the act of puncturing with a small point
    he gave the balloon a small prick
  4. a depression scratched or carved into a surface
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How To Use prick In A Sentence

  • The clergyman and his son pricked up their ears at this, photography being with them only a degree less absorbing a pastime than that of walking; Ron awoke suddenly to the remembrance that his half-plate camera had never been unpacked since his arrival; and the three vied with each other in asking questions about the proposed excursion, and in urging that a date should be fixed. Big Game A Story for Girls
  • Over Fate of Georgia, Provinces With Russian forces appearing to hunker down in Georgia, U.S. and European officials now face a pricklier challenge: Moscow's insistence that it has the right to help break up the country. U.S.-Russia Relations Turn Cold
  • He has a triangular version of Rupert's stylised muzzle with the same pricked ears and bright black-button eyes.
  • In the split second that their gazes locked, that same prickly sensation consumed his mind as if the blood flow to his brain had suddenly been cut off.
  • Common knapweed is like a pretty thistle without prickles. Times, Sunday Times
  • Often had little Emit heard the sounds at night - sharp sounds that pricked at his ears and his temples.
  • After a while, the prickly feeling of anxiousness dulls and turns blunt.
  • At the May state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderón, prickly pear cactus showed up in vermeil wine coolers, and Dowling also tucked a few among the in the centerpieces of fuchsia roses and Cattleya orchids. White House florist shows Obamas' relaxed style
  • Yorkshire folk turned prickly yesterday after a wild flower charity announced that the common harebell had replaced the white rose as the county's floral emblem.
  • Now he puts the light sounds with something else remembered, with primrose, with laughter, and down through him a prickle runs and it seems to stop in his belly, below him.
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