prick

If you pierce your skin with a thorn, needle, or similar sharp object, you prick your skin. The mark it leaves on you is also called a prick.

You can also use prick to describe the sensation of tears welling — your favorite sad movie might make tears prick your eyes. Your conscience can prick you as well, when it makes you feel uncomfortable about something. Prick is also a vulgar term for a man's penis and a way to address someone (usually a man) who is acting like a total ass. It is best not to use these terms in polite company.

Definitions of prick
  1. verb
    make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
    “The nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample”
    synonyms: prickle
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    types:
    needle
    prick with a needle
    type of:
    pierce
    make a hole into
  2. verb
    stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
    synonyms: goad
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    type of:
    jab, stab
    stab or pierce
  3. verb
    cause a prickling sensation
    synonyms: prickle
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    sting, twinge
    cause a stinging pain
  4. verb
    cause a stinging pain
    “The needle pricked his skin”
    synonyms: sting, twinge
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    prickle
    cause a prickling sensation
    type of:
    ache, hurt, suffer
    feel physical pain
  5. verb
    cause a sharp emotional pain
    “The thought of her unhappiness pricked his conscience”
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    type of:
    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  6. verb
    deliver a sting to
    synonyms: bite, sting
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    type of:
    pierce
    make a hole into
  7. noun
    the act of puncturing with a small point
    “he gave the balloon a small prick
    synonyms: pricking
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    type of:
    puncture
    the act of puncturing or perforating
  8. noun
    a depression scratched or carved into a surface
    synonyms: dent, incision, scratch, slit
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    score, scotch
    a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
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    depression, impression, imprint
    a concavity in a surface produced by pressing
  9. noun
    insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous
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    disagreeable person, unpleasant person
    a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
  10. noun
    obscene terms for penis
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    type of:
    penis
    the male organ of copulation (`member' is a euphemism)
  11. verb
    raise
    “The dog pricked up his ears”
    synonyms: cock up, prick up
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    type of:
    erect, rear
    cause to rise up
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