- 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)
- prices and incomes policy,
- prick song,
- prick up one's ears,
Origin of prick
Examples from the Web for prick
For those of you who believe in following the money, prick up your ears.
Prick the bladder with a needle every so often,” she advises sagely, “to keep it from exploding.
The columnist was a royal prick, but he had this soft spot for Damon Runyon, who was dying at the time.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull|Mark Jacobson|March 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Andrew Romano|February 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|June 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Under the prick of them Reuben found a tongue, not now for his wife, but for himself.The History of David Grieve|Mrs. Humphry Ward
The blood leaped and then pricked her like sharp-pointed icicles, and they all seemed to freeze around and prick around her heart.The Bishop of Cottontown|John Trotwood Moore
Shall I prick my hand and let the drops fall into your two hands that you may drink them?The Diva's Ruby|F. Marion Crawford
The wizard no sooner feels the prick than he bucks down, and flings me over his head into the mire.The Bible in Spain|George Borrow
He crept up the horse's leg, sat down under the saddle, and then began to pinch the horse and to prick it with a pin.The Yellow Fairy Book|Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
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).