- 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 prickling
There was a prickling at the base of my scalp and I was drenched with cold sweat.The Man the Martians Made
Frank Belknap Long
During the night, the fullness, numbness, and prickling were much increased.An Essay on the Shaking Palsy
For a strange nothing had started my neck-hairs to prickling.Futuria Fantasia, Winter 1940
That instant, wherever the weight of his hand had been, the prickling began.The Wonder of War on Land
He felt a prickling on the nape of his neck, as the hair stirred there.Darkness and Dawn
George Allan England
- 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 and History for prickling
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).