[ prik-uh l ]
/ ˈprɪk əl /


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.

Origin of prickle

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

Related forms

un·prick·led, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prickling


/ (ˈprɪkəl) /


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; related to Middle Low German prekel, German Prickel
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