- 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 prickerjerk, slit, puncture, gash, cut, wound, prickle, stab, jag, perforation, jab, pinhole, dick, pecker, peter, cock, shaft, twit, bastard, jackass
Examples from the Web for pricker
Historical Examples of pricker
When we had had Pricker for some weeks, we received a present of a second hedgehog.
So that we felt quite easy about the safety of Pricker and his comrade.
"It is only Prim, Prig, and Pricker making sport," replied the servant.The Mysteries of All Nations
Next, he cuts a wooden plug to fit the quill; into the plug, the pricker is fixed.The Art of Travel
Any suitable note-book with a pencil goes into a pocket, taking the place of the tablet and pricker.The Theory and Practice of Archery
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).