pricking

[ prik-ing ]
/ ˈprɪk ɪŋ /
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noun

the act of a person or thing that pricks.
a prickly or smarting sensation.

Nearby words

  1. prick up one's ears,
  2. prick-eared,
  3. prick-post,
  4. pricker,
  5. pricket,
  6. prickingly,
  7. prickle,
  8. prickle cell,
  9. prickle cell layer,
  10. prickleback

Origin of pricking

before 1000; Middle English; Old English pricung; see prick, -ing1

prick

[ prik ]
/ prɪk /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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 pricking

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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