having the ears upright and pointed: a prick-eared dog.
  1. Informal.(of a man) having the hair cut short.
  2. Archaic.following or sympathetic to the Puritans or Roundheads.
  3. Archaic.priggish.

Origin of prick-eared

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prick-eared

Historical Examples of prick-eared

  • In a litter of prick-eared, wire-haired puppies Bobby was a "sport."

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • He was prick-eared, bright-eyed; he grinned and panted intensely.

    Lore of Proserpine

    Maurice Hewlett

  • The last sort of dogs consisteth of the currish kind meet for many toys, of which the whappet or prick-eared cur is one.

    Elizabethan England

    William Harrison

  • The pointed, cutting, mocking sentences laugh and dance through his pages like light-toed, prick-eared elves.

  • Along with their Indian masters ran dogs, prick-eared, fox-like curs, one of which suddenly darted upon Trug.

    Soldier Rigdale

    Beulah Marie Dix