- 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
Related Words for pricklingtingling, throb, ache, bite, inspire, hurt, caustic, piercing, irritating, sharp, biting, smarting, prickling, reeking, crawling, tickle, rawness, irritation, creeping, psoriasis
Examples from the Web for prickling
Historical Examples of 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 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).