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[prik-eerd] /ˈprɪkˌɪərd/
having the ears upright and pointed:
a prick-eared dog.
  1. Informal. (of a man) having the hair cut short.
  2. Archaic. following or sympathetic to the Puritans or Roundheads.
  3. Archaic. priggish.
Origin of prick-eared
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In a litter of prick-eared, wire-haired puppies Bobby was a "sport."

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • He was prick-eared, bright-eyed; he grinned and panted intensely.

    Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
  • The last sort of dogs consisteth of the currish kind meet for many toys, of which the whappet or prick-eared cur is one.

    Elizabethan England William Harrison
  • The pointed, cutting, mocking sentences laugh and dance through his pages like light-toed, prick-eared elves.

    Landmarks in French Literature

    G. Lytton Strachey
  • Along with their Indian masters ran dogs, prick-eared, fox-like curs, one of which suddenly darted upon Trug.

    Soldier Rigdale Beulah Marie Dix
  • Let Mr. Digges ride abroad, and from his cabin-door some prick-eared cur cried out, 'Renegade!'

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • The lop-eared rabbit is a stately beast and less brisk than his prick-eared relations.

  • In drop-eared Skyes a low carriage of tail is desirable, but in the prick-eared variety on a level with the back.

    Sporting Dogs

    Frank Townend Barton
  • She ain't all greyhound; but the best man as ever I knew always said there never was a prick-eared one a bad 'un.

    The Chequers James Runciman
  • He smiled at the keen look of alert, prick-eared attention which the other was still giving to that room!

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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