prick

[ prik ]
/ prɪk /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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Idioms for prick

    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

OTHER WORDS FROM prick

prick·er, nounprick·ing·ly, adverbun·pricked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pricker (1 of 2)

pricker
/ (ˈprɪkə) /

noun

a person or thing that pricks
US a thorn; prickle

British Dictionary definitions for pricker (2 of 2)

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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