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prick

[ prik ]
/ prɪk /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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RELATED WORDS

jerk, slit, puncture, gash, cut, wound, prickle, stab, jag, perforation, jab, pinhole, dick, pecker, peter, cock, shaft, twit, bastard, jackass

Nearby words

priceless, pricer, prices and incomes policy, pricey, prichard, prick, prick song, prick up one's ears, prick-eared, prick-post, pricker

Idioms

    kick against the pricks, to resist incontestable facts or authority; protest uselessly: In appealing the case again, you will just be kicking against the pricks.
    prick up one's ears, to become very alert; listen attentively: The reporter pricked up his ears at the prospect of a scoop.

Origin of prick

before 1000; (noun) Middle English prike; Old English prica, price dot, point; (v.) Middle English priken, Old English prician; cognate with Dutch, Low German prik point
Related formsprick·er, nounprick·ing·ly, adverbun·pricked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prick

prick

/ (prɪk) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for prick

Old English prica point, puncture; related to Dutch prik, Icelandic prik short stick, Swedish prick point, stick
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