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adjective, prick·i·er, prick·i·est.
  1. prickly.
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Origin of pricky

First recorded in 1540–50; prick + -y1
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Examples from the Web for pricky

Historical Examples

  • She rubbed her hand over his back to push him away and something rough and pricky scratched her.

    Mary Jane--Her Visit

    Clara Ingram Judson