A pinprick is what it sounds like — a tiny prick or hole created by something as small as a pin. People also use this word to represent something that is as annoying or irritating as the feeling of being pricked by a pin.

The word pinprick can evoke the image of something so tiny that it is the size of a pinprick, like seeing the stars in the sky as pinpricks of light. And then there is the sensation of a pinprick that is annoying and quick. This latter meaning has a metaphorical use, like when something refers to a tiny problem as a pinprick in comparison to more weighty troubles. No matter how you experience it, a pinprick is tiny. Don't sweat the pinpricks in life.

Definitions of pinprick

n small puncture (as if made by a pin)

Type of:
a small hole made by a sharp object

n a minor annoyance

Type of:
annoyance, botheration, irritation, vexation
the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed

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