- an obnoxious or contemptible person.
verb (used with object)
- to lame (a horse) by driving a nail improperly into its hoof.
- to nick: to prick a horse's tail.
verb (used without object)
Origin of prick
Related Words for prickjerk, slit, puncture, gash, cut, wound, prickle, stab, jag, perforation, jab, pinhole, dick, pecker, peter, cock, shaft, twit, bastard, jackass
Examples from the Web for prick
Contemporary Examples of prick
For those of you who believe in following the money, prick up your ears.New Kate Pregnancy Rumors Circulate!
July 15, 2014
Prick the bladder with a needle every so often,” she advises sagely, “to keep it from exploding.The Queen of the French Kitchen
March 26, 2014
The prick of conscience she has alerts us to the fact that she is different from Francis—or just at a different stage of her life.Beau Willimon on Most Shocking Twists in ‘House of Cards’ Season 2
February 15, 2014
A 1992 episode of the sitcom imagined what it would be like if a bubble boy was actually kind of prick.‘Under the Dome’ and Pop Culture’s Greatest Moments in Bubbles
June 25, 2013
Yeah, Richard could be a prick alright, a regular Nick Detroit.Richard Hell Was the First Person to Shoot Up Heroin in Front of Me
March 18, 2013
Historical Examples of prick
And the hair along the back of Younger Brother began to prick.The Trail Book
So they kept shouting to him, and even went so far as to prick him with their swords.Tanglewood Tales
Prick them with a fork, and crimp or scollop the edges neatly.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
However, if you think it best, we will prick on our steeds for another hour.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
He drew him into a corner, on seeing Vuillet prick up his big ears.The Fortune of the Rougons
verb (mainly tr)
- to make (a small hole) in (something) by piercing lightly with a sharp point
- to wound in this manner
Word Origin for prick
Middle English prikke, from Old English prica (n.) "point, puncture; particle, small portion of space or time," common West Germanic (cf. Low German prik "point," Middle Dutch prick, Dutch prik, Swedish prick "point, dot"). Meaning "pointed weapon, dagger" is first attested 1550s.
Earliest recorded use for "penis" is 1590s (Shakespeare puns upon it). My prick was used 16c.-17c. as a term of endearment by "immodest maids" for their boyfriends. As a term of abuse, it is attested by 1929. Prick-teaser attested from 1958. To kick against the pricks (Acts ix:5, first in the translation of 1382) is probably from sense of "a goad for oxen" (mid-14c.).
Old English prician "to prick, pierce, prick out, sting," from West Germanic *prikojanan (cf. Low German pricken, Dutch prikken "to prick"); Danish prikke "to mark with dots," Swedish pricka "to point, prick, mark with dots" probably are from Low German. Related: Pricked; pricking. To prick up one's ears is 1580s, originally of animals with pointed ears (prycke-eared, of foxes, is from 1520s).