pinprick

[ pin-prik ]
/ ˈpɪnˌprɪk /
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noun

any minute puncture made by a pin or the like.
a negligible irritation or annoyance.

Nearby words

  1. pinot grigio,
  2. pinot noir,
  3. pinotage,
  4. pinpoint,
  5. pinpoint bombing,
  6. pins,
  7. pins and needles,
  8. pins' syndrome,
  9. pinscher,
  10. pinsent

Origin of pinprick

First recorded in 1745–55; pin + prick

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British Dictionary definitions for pinprick

pinprick

/ (ˈpɪnˌprɪk) /

noun

a slight puncture made by or as if by a pin
a small irritation

verb

(tr) to puncture with or as if with a pin
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Word Origin and History for pinprick

pinprick

n.

also pin-prick, 1851, from pin (n.) + prick (n.). Used figuratively of petty irritations from 1885. Earlier pin's prick (1825).

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