What does prickle mean?

Definitions for prickle
ˈprɪk əlprick·le

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spine, thorn, prickle, pricker, sticker, spikeletverb

    a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf

  2. prickle, prickverb

    cause a prickling sensation

  3. tingle, prickleverb

    cause a stinging or tingling sensation

  4. 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"


  1. pricklenoun

    A small, sharp pointed object, such as a thorn.

  2. pricklenoun

    A tingling sensation of mild discomfort.

  3. prickleverb

    To feel a prickle.

  4. prickleverb

    To cause someone to feel a prickle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pricklenoun

    Small sharp point, like that of a brier.

    Etymology: from prick.

    The prickles of trees are a kind of excrescence; the plants that have prickles, are black and white, those have it in the bough; the plants that have prickles in the leaf, are holly and juniper; nettles also have a small venomous prickle. Francis Bacon.

    An herb growing in the water, called lincostis, is full of prickles: this putteth forth another small herb out of the leaf, imputed to moisture gathered between the prickles. Francis Bacon.

    A fox catching hold of a bramble to break his fall, the prickles ran into his feet. Roger L'Estrange.

    The man who laugh’d but once to see an ass
    Mumbling to make the cross-grain’d thistles pass,
    Might laugh again, to see a jury chaw
    The prickles of unpalatable law. Dryden.

    The flower’s divine, where’er it grows,
    Neglect the prickles, and assume the rose. Isaac Watts.


  1. prickle

    A prickle is a small, sharp pointed outgrowth on the skin or bark of a plant, often serving as a protective measure against predators. It is similar to a thorn or spine, but is derived from the outer layer of tissues.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pricklenoun

    a little prick; a small, sharp point; a fine, sharp process or projection, as from the skin of an animal, the bark of a plant, etc.; a spine

  2. Pricklenoun

    a kind of willow basket; -- a term still used in some branches of trade

  3. Pricklenoun

    a sieve of filberts, -- about fifty pounds

  4. Prickleverb

    to prick slightly, as with prickles, or fine, sharp points

  5. Etymology: [AS. pricele, pricle; akin to LG. prickel, D. prikkel. See Prick, n.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prickle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prickle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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