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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asshole, bastard, cocksucker, dickhead, shit, mother fucker, motherfucker, prick, whoreson, son of a bitch, SOB(noun)

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

  2. incision, scratch, prick, slit, dent(noun)

    a depression scratched or carved into a surface

  3. cock, prick, dick, shaft, pecker, peter, tool, putz(noun)

    obscene terms for penis

  4. prick, pricking(verb)

    the act of puncturing with a small point

    "he gave the balloon a small prick"

  5. prickle, prick(verb)

    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, twinge(verb)

    cause a stinging pain

    "The needle pricked his skin"

  7. prick up, prick, cock up(verb)


    "The dog pricked up his ears"

  8. goad, prick(verb)

    stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

  9. prickle, prick(verb)

    cause a prickling sensation

  10. prick(verb)

    to cause a sharp emotional pain

    "The thought of her unhappiness pricked his conscience"

  11. sting, bite, prick(verb)

    deliver a sting to

    "A bee stung my arm yesterday"

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. Prick(noun)

    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. Prick(noun)

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

  12. Prick(noun)

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

  13. Prick(noun)

    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. Prick(noun)

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

  15. Prick(noun)

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

  16. Prick(noun)

    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. Prick(noun)

    to render acid or pungent

  18. Prick(noun)

    to dress; to prink; -- usually with up

  19. Prick(noun)

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

  20. Prick(noun)

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

  21. Prick(noun)

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

  22. Prick(noun)

    to nick

  23. Prick(verb)

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

  24. Prick(verb)

    to spur onward; to ride on horseback

  25. Prick(verb)

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

  26. Prick(verb)

    to aim at a point or mark

  27. Origin: [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. Luke Nuttall:

    With every alert comes a finger prick. We confirm it, too.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    Leave her to heaven And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, To prick and sting her.

  3. William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 5:

    Leave her to heaven And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, To prick and sting her.

  4. 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.

  5. RVM:

    Carrying a grudge in your heart or in your mind is like carrying a bunch of thorns on your body. You are just choosing to prick yourself with it.

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