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
Related Words for prickingjerk, slit, puncture, gash, cut, wound, prickle, stab, jag, perforation, jab, pinhole, dick, pecker, peter, cock, shaft, twit, bastard, jackass
Examples from the Web for pricking
Contemporary Examples of pricking
He started playing with the fork again, pricking his thumb against its end.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
Historical Examples of pricking
When other powers are lacking, the power of pricking seems to be at its sharpest.My Reminiscences
He had him by the ear and was pricking him with his sabre in the fleshy parts.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Then came the pricking of ten thousand tiny needles in his limbs."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
Bake crust on the outside of pan, first pricking with a fork.The Community Cook Book
For what shall I look for among thorns, but pricking and scratching?Sermons on the Card and Other Discourses
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).