- The definition of a prick is a very small hole made by something sharp.
An example of a prick is what you'd have in your thumb after accidently stabbing yourself with a needle.
- To prick is to use a sharp point to make a small hole.
An example of prick is for a rose bush thorn to stick into your finger.
prick definition by Webster's New World
- a very small puncture or, formerly, dot, made by a sharp point
- Archaic any of various pointed objects, as a thorn, goad, etc.
- a sharp pain caused by or as if by being pricked
- Slang, Vulgar the penis
- Slang a person, esp. a man, regarded as contemptible, obnoxious, etc.: mildly vulgar
Origin: Middle English prike ; from Old English prica, point, dot, akin to Dutch prik, Middle High German pfrecken
- to make (a tiny hole) in (something) with a sharp point
- to cause or feel sharp pain in: remorse pricked his conscience
- to mark or trace by dots, points, or punctures
- to pierce (a horse's foot) to the quick in shoeing, causing lameness
- to cause to point or stick up: often with up
- Archaic to spur or urge on; goad; incite
- to cause or feel a slight, sharp pain
- to have a prickly or stinging sensation; tingle
- to point or stick up: said esp. of ears
- Archaic to spur a horse on; ride fast
prick definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of piercing or pricking.b. The sensation of being pierced or pricked.
- a. A persistent or sharply painful feeling of sorrow or remorse.b. A small, sharp, local pain, such as that made by a needle or bee sting.
- A small mark or puncture made by a pointed object.
- A pointed object, such as an ice pick, goad, or thorn.
- A hare's track or footprint.
- Vulgar Slang A penis.
- Vulgar Slang A person regarded as highly unpleasant, especially a male.
- To puncture lightly.
- To affect with a mental or emotional pang, as of sorrow or remorse: His conscience began to prick him.
- To impel as if with a spur; urge on.
- To mark or delineate on a surface by means of small punctures: prick a pattern on a board.
- To pierce the quick of (a horse's hoof) while shoeing.
- To transplant (seedlings, for example) before final planting.
- To cause to stand erect or point upward: The dogs pricked their ears.
- To pierce or puncture something or cause a pricking feeling.
- To feel a pang or twinge from or as if from being pricked.
- a. To spur a horse on.b. To ride at a gallop.
- To stand erect; point upward: The dog's ears pricked at the noise.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English prica, puncture.
prick - Phrases/Idioms
prick up one's ears
- to raise the ears with the points upward: said of an animal
- to listen closely
prick up (one's) ears