- a sharp point.
- a small, pointed process growing from the bark of a plant.
- a sharp process or projection, as from the skin of an animal; a spine.
- a pricking sensation.
- to prick lightly.
- to cause a pricking or tingling sensation in.
- to tingle as if pricked.
Origin of prickle
Examples from the Web for prickle
Historical Examples of prickle
When he comes to burn your prickle off, I will slip it into your mouth.The Saracen: The Holy War
Variable œdema of the prickle layer and of the cutis is found.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin
Henry Weightman Stelwagon
It bears a round Bur, with a sort of Prickle, which is the Seed.A New Voyage to Carolina
The boy was brave, but as he saw that row of fiery orbs he felt his flesh creep and his hair began to prickle.The Arkansaw Bear
Albert Bigelow Paine
But it wasn't the floating mass which drew a gasp from Forrester, and caused Lawton's scalp to prickle.The Sky Trap
Frank Belknap Long
- botany a pointed process arising from the outer layer of a stem, leaf, etc, and containing no woody or conducting tissueCompare thorn (def. 1)
- a pricking or stinging sensation
- to feel or cause to feel a stinging sensation
- (tr) to prick, as with a thorn
Word Origin for prickle
Old English pricel "thing to prick with, goad, point," from the same source as Old English prician (see prick (v.)) with instrumental suffix -el (cf. Middle Low German prickel, Dutch prikkel).