An example of prick is for a rose bush thorn to stick into your finger.
An example of a prick is what you'd have in your thumb after accidently stabbing yourself with a needle.
Criticism that pricked his conscience.
Prick a pattern on a board.
The dogs pricked their ears.
The dog's ears pricked at the noise.
Remorse pricked his conscience.
I felt a sharp prick as the nurse took a sample of blood.
To prick holes in paper.
To prick a pattern for embroidery.
To prick the notes of a musical composition.
A sore finger pricks.
To prick a knife into a board.
Let the soldiers for duty be carefully pricked off.
Those many, then, shall die: their names are pricked.
- To listen with attentive interest.
- to transplant (seedlings) as from seed pans to shallow boxes
- to raise the ears with the points upward
- to listen closely
Origin of prick
- Middle English from Old English prica puncture
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English prik, prikke, from Old English prica, pricu (“a sharp point, minute mark, spot, dot, small portion, prick"), from Proto-Germanic *prik- (“a prick, point"). Cognate with West Frisian prik (“small hole"), Dutch prik (“point, small stick"), Danish prik (“dot"), Icelandic prik (“dot, small stick"). Pejorative context came from prickers, or witch-hunters.