prick

[ prik ]
/ prɪk /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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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