- prick up one's ears,
- prickle cell,
- prickle cell layer,
Origin of pricking
- 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
Examples from the Web for pricking
He started playing with the fork again, pricking his thumb against its end.
Fact is, my ears have been pricking up all morning to hear the old bull-whips crack.The Lions of the Lord|Harry Leon Wilson
"As you please, Monseigneur," answered Modernus, pricking his mount.The Miracle Of The Great St. Nicolas|Anatole France
He could not resist the temptation of stealing across the reeds to Mysa and pricking him with the point of his knife.The Second Jungle Book|Rudyard Kipling
The pricking out of seedlings in pots in the propagating pit is effected in a similar way.
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something evil this way comes,” exclaimed Carstairs.The Cruise of the Frolic|W.H.G. Kingston
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).