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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asshole, bastard, cocksucker, dickhead, shit, mother fucker, motherfucker, prick, whoreson, son of a bitch, SOBnoun

    insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous

  2. incision, scratch, prick, slit, dentnoun

    a depression scratched or carved into a surface

  3. cock, prick, dick, shaft, pecker, peter, tool, putznoun

    obscene terms for penis

  4. prick, prickingverb

    the act of puncturing with a small point

    "he gave the balloon a small prick"

  5. prickle, prickverb

    make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn

    "The nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample"

  6. prick, sting, twingeverb

    cause a stinging pain

    "The needle pricked his skin"

  7. prick up, prick, cock upverb


    "The dog pricked up his ears"

  8. goad, prickverb

    stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

  9. prickle, prickverb

    cause a prickling sensation

  10. prickverb

    to cause a sharp emotional pain

    "The thought of her unhappiness pricked his conscience"

  11. sting, bite, prickverb

    deliver a sting to

    "A bee stung my arm yesterday"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pricknoun

    Etymology: pricca , Saxon.

    The country gives me proof
    Of bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices,
    Strike in their numb’d and mortified bare arms
    Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary. William Shakespeare.

    It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. Acts ix. 5.

    If the English would not in peace govern them by the law, nor could in war root them out by the sword, must they not be pricks in their eyes, and thorns in their sides. Davies.

    If God would have had men live like wild beasts, he would have armed them with horns, tusks, talons or pricks. John Bramhall.

    My conscience first receiv’d a tenderness,
    Scruple, and prick, on certain speeches utter’d
    By th’ bishop of Bayon. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    For long shooting, their shaft was a cloth yard, their pricks twenty-four score; for strength, they would pierce any ordinary armour. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    Now gins this goodly frame of temperance
    Fairly to rise, and her adorned head
    To prick of highest praise forth to advance. Edmund Spenser.

    Phaeton hath tumbled from his car,
    And made an evening at the noon-tide prick. William Shakespeare.

    No asps were discovered in the place of her death, only two small insensible pricks were found in her arm. Brown.

  2. To PRICKverb

    Etymology: prician , Saxon.

    Leave her to heav’n,
    And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge,
    To prick and sting her. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    There shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn. Ezekiel xxviii. 24.

    If she pricked her finger, Jack laid the pin in the way. Arb.

    The poets make fame a monster; they say, look how many feathers she hath, so many eyes she hath underneath, so many tongues, so many voices, she pricks up so many ears. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    A hunted panther casts about
    Her glaring eyes, and pricks her list’ning ears to scout. Dry.

    His rough crest he rears,
    And pricks up his predestinating ears. Dryden.

    The fiery courser, when he hears from far
    The sprightly trumpets and the shouts of war,
    Pricks up his ears. John Dryden, Virgil’s Georg.

    A greyhound hath pricked ears, but those of a hound hang down; for that the former hunts with his ears, the latter only with his nose. Nehemiah Grew.

    The tuneful noise the sprightly courser hears,
    Paws the green turf, and pricks his trembling ears. John Gay.

    Keep close to ears, and those let asses prick;
    ’Tis nothing —— nothing; if they bite and kick. Alexander Pope.

    I caused the edges of two knives to be ground truly strait, and pricking their points into a board, so that their edges might look towards one another, and meeting near their points contain a rectilinear angle, I fastened their handles together with pitch, to make this angle invariable. Newton.

    The cooks slice it into little gobbets, prick it on a prong of iron, and hang it in a furnace. George Sandys.

    Those many then shall die, their names are prickt. William Shakespeare.

    Some who are pricked for sheriffs, and are fit, set out of the bill. Francis Bacon.

    When I call to mind your gracious favours,
    My duty pricks me on to utter that,
    Which else no worldly good should draw from me. William Shakespeare.

    Well, ’tis no matter, honour pricks me on;
    But how if honour prick me off, when
    I come on. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    His high courage prick’d him forth to wed. Alexander Pope.

    When they heard this, they were pricked in their hearts, and said, men and brethren what shall we do? Acts ii. 37.

    They their late attacks decline,
    And turn as eager as prick’d wine. Hudibras, p. ii.

  3. To Prickverb

    Etymology: prijken, Dutch.

    After that Varlet’s flight, it was not long,
    Ere on the plain fast pricking Guyon spied,
    One in bright arms embattled full strong. Fa. Queen.

    A gentle knight was pricking on the plain,
    Yclad in mighty arms of silver shield. Fa. Queen.

    They had not ridden far, when they might see
    One pricking towards them with hasty heat. Fa. Queen.

    The Scottish horsemen began to hover much upon the English army, and to come pricking about them, sometimes within length of their staves. John Hayward.

    Before each van
    Prick forth the airy knights. John Milton.

    In this king Arthur’s reign,
    A lusty knight was pricking o’er the plain. Dryden.


  1. prick

    A prick is a small, sharp point or spike which can cause a slight puncture or wound when it comes into contact with skin. It can also refer to a sharp pain caused by such a puncture. In a more casual context, it may be used as an insult to refer to someone who is annoying or unpleasant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prick

    that which pricks, penetrates, or punctures; a sharp and slender thing; a pointed instrument; a goad; a spur, etc.; a point; a skewer

  2. Prick

    the act of pricking, or the sensation of being pricked; a sharp, stinging pain; figuratively, remorse

  3. Prick

    a mark made by a pointed instrument; a puncture; a point

  4. Prick

    a point or mark on the dial, noting the hour

  5. Prick

    the point on a target at which an archer aims; the mark; the pin

  6. Prick

    a mark denoting degree; degree; pitch

  7. Prick

    a mathematical point; -- regularly used in old English translations of Euclid

  8. Prick

    the footprint of a hare

  9. Prick

    a small roll; as, a prick of spun yarn; a prick of tobacco

  10. Pricknoun

    to pierce slightly with a sharp-pointed instrument or substance; to make a puncture in, or to make by puncturing; to drive a fine point into; as, to prick one with a pin, needle, etc.; to prick a card; to prick holes in paper

  11. Pricknoun

    to fix by the point; to attach or hang by puncturing; as, to prick a knife into a board

  12. Pricknoun

    to mark or denote by a puncture; to designate by pricking; to choose; to mark; -- sometimes with off

  13. Pricknoun

    to mark the outline of by puncturing; to trace or form by pricking; to mark by punctured dots; as, to prick a pattern for embroidery; to prick the notes of a musical composition

  14. Pricknoun

    to ride or guide with spurs; to spur; to goad; to incite; to urge on; -- sometimes with on, or off

  15. Pricknoun

    to affect with sharp pain; to sting, as with remorse

  16. Pricknoun

    to make sharp; to erect into a point; to raise, as something pointed; -- said especially of the ears of an animal, as a horse or dog; and usually followed by up; -- hence, to prick up the ears, to listen sharply; to have the attention and interest strongly engaged

  17. Pricknoun

    to render acid or pungent

  18. Pricknoun

    to dress; to prink; -- usually with up

  19. Pricknoun

    to run a middle seam through, as the cloth of a sail

  20. Pricknoun

    to trace on a chart, as a ship's course

  21. Pricknoun

    to drive a nail into (a horse's foot), so as to cause lameness

  22. Pricknoun

    to nick

  23. Prickverb

    to be punctured; to suffer or feel a sharp pain, as by puncture; as, a sore finger pricks

  24. Prickverb

    to spur onward; to ride on horseback

  25. Prickverb

    to become sharp or acid; to turn sour, as wine

  26. Prickverb

    to aim at a point or mark

  27. Etymology: [AS. prician; akin to LG. pricken, D. prikken, Dan. prikke, Sw. pricka. See Prick, n., and cf. Prink, Prig.]


  1. Prick

    Prick is the sixth album by the Melvins, which was released in 1994 through Amphetamine Reptile Records. Because at the time the Melvins already had a contract with Atlantic, Prick was released with the band name in mirror writing. The album displays a distinctly experimental quality, going as far as King Buzzo stating in an interview that Prick is "a total noise crap record we did strictly for the weirdness factor. Complete and utter nonsense, a total joke.". The band wanted to call the album Kurt Kobain but changed it after Cobain's death to eliminate the possibility of people mistaking it for a tribute record. Melvins also jokingly remarked that Kurt Cobain actually is the titular "prick", because he died and therefore forced them to change the album's name.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prick

    prik, n. that which pricks or penetrates: a sharp point: the act or feeling of pricking: a puncture: a sting: remorse: (Shak.) a thorn, prickle, skewer, point of time: (Spens.) point, pitch.—v.t. to pierce with a prick: to erect any pointed thing: to fix by the point: to put on by puncturing: to mark or make by pricking: to incite: to deck out as with flowers or feathers: to pain.—v.i. to have a sensation of puncture: to stand erect: to ride with spurs:—pa.t. and pa.p. pricked.—adj. Prick′-eared, having pointed ears.—ns. Prick′er, that which pricks: a sharp-pointed instrument: light-horseman: a priming wire; Prick′ing; Prickle (prik′l), a little prick: a sharp point growing from the bark of a plant or from the skin of an animal.—v.t. to prick slightly.—v.i. (Spens.) to be prickly.—ns. Prick′le-back, the stickle-back; Prick′liness; Prick′ling, the act of piercing with a sharp point: (Shak.) the sensation of being pricked.—adj. prickly.—adj. Prick′ly, full of prickles.—ns. Prick′ly-heat, a severe form of the skin disease known as lichen, with itching and stinging sensations; Prick′ly-pear, a class of plants with clusters of prickles and fruit like the pear; Prick′-me-dain′ty (Scot.), an affected person.—adj. over-precise.&mdamdash;ns. Prick′-song (Shak.), a song set to music: music in parts; Prick′-spur, a goad-spur; Prick′-the-gar′ter (cf. Fast-and-loose); Prick′-the-louse (Scot.), a tailor. [A.S. pricu, a point; Ger. prickeln, Dut. prikkel, a prickle.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PRICK in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PRICK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of PRICK in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, Scene 2:

    If Love be rough with you, be rough with Love, prick Love for pricking, and you beat Love down.

  2. Thomas Schinecker:

    If you take blood from a finger prick, you will never be able to achieve the same level of specificity that you will achieve ... when you take blood from the vein, you have to have very, very high specificity. Even 0.1% or 0.2% makes a difference.

  3. Rose McGowan:

    Governor Andrew Cuomo, can't you stop being a prick? Go home!

  4. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    The works of women are symbolical. We sew, sew, prick our fingers, dull our sight, producing what? A pair of slippers, sir, to put on when you're weary -- or a stool. To stumble over and vex you... curse that stool! Or else at best, a cushion, where you lean and sleep, and dream of something we are not, but would be for your sake. Alas, alas! This hurts most, this... that, after all, we are paid the worth of our work, perhaps.

  5. Judge Martin Rudland:

    Telling a women beater who is clearly a control freak, binge drink and drug taker who by the way probably drives his car whilst intoxicated there's plenty more fish in the sea I would touch this prick with a blunt barge pole if I was shark shit!!!! Yes this is a sarcastic comment as its definately not a great comment by this so called Judge.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    A occlusive
    B appellative
    C soft-witted
    D incumbent

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