prickly heat

  1. a cutaneous eruption accompanied by a prickling and itching sensation, due to an inflammation of the sweat glands.

Origin of prickly heat

An Americanism dating back to 1730–40

Words Nearby prickly heat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use prickly heat in a sentence

  • With a prickly heat suffusing my whole body and a melting sensation at the collar I struggled through the wretched lyric once.

  • prickly heat produces more or less discomfort but usually little or no itching.

    The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
  • With solicitude he glanced down at the small, moist, pink, lumpy bundle of prickly heat and sore gums.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm | Irvin S. Cobb
  • On Lucknow station platform he watched young De Castro, all covered with prickly-heat, get into a second-class compartment.

    Kim | Rudyard Kipling
  • He was now in that unpleasant state of prickly heat when testy old gentlemen could commit slaughter with ecstasy.

    Evan Harrington, Complete | George Meredith

British Dictionary definitions for prickly heat

prickly heat

  1. a nontechnical name for miliaria

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