prickle

[ prik-uh l ]
/ ˈprɪk əl /

noun

verb (used with object), prick·led, prick·ling.

to prick lightly.
to cause a pricking or tingling sensation in.

verb (used without object), prick·led, prick·ling.

to tingle as if pricked.

Nearby words

  1. prick-post,
  2. pricker,
  3. pricket,
  4. pricking,
  5. prickingly,
  6. prickle cell,
  7. prickle cell layer,
  8. prickleback,
  9. prickly,
  10. prickly ash

Origin of prickle

before 950; Middle English prykel (noun), Old English pricel. See prick, -le

Related formsun·prick·led, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for prickle

prickle

/ (ˈprɪkəl) /

noun

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

verb

to feel or cause to feel a stinging sensation
(tr) to prick, as with a thorn

Word Origin for prickle

Old English pricel; related to Middle Low German prekel, German Prickel

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Word Origin and History for prickle

prickle

n.

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).

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