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.

Primary Meanings of prick

1.
vn
make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
the act of puncturing with a small point
2.
n
insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous
3.
v
raise
Full Definitions of prick
1

v 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
Types:
needle
prick with a needle
Type of:
pierce
make a hole into

v stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

Synonyms:
goad
Type of:
jab, stab
stab or pierce

v cause a prickling sensation

Synonyms:
prickle
Type of:
sting, twinge
cause a stinging pain

v cause a stinging pain

“The needle pricked his skin”
Synonyms:
sting, twinge
Types:
prickle
cause a prickling sensation
Type of:
ache, hurt, suffer
feel physical pain

v to cause a sharp emotional pain

“The thought of her unhappiness pricked his conscience”
Type of:
arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

v deliver a sting to

Synonyms:
bite, sting
Type of:
pierce
make a hole into

n the act of puncturing with a small point

“he gave the balloon a small prick
Synonyms:
pricking
Type of:
puncture
the act of puncturing or perforating

n a depression scratched or carved into a surface

Synonyms:
dent, incision, scratch, slit
Types:
score, scotch
a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally)
Type of:
depression, impression, imprint
a concavity in a surface produced by pressing
2

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

Type of:
disagreeable person, unpleasant person
a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

n obscene terms for penis

Type of:
penis
the male organ of copulation (`member' is a euphemism)
3

v raise

“The dog pricked up his ears”
Synonyms:
cock up, prick up
Type of:
erect, rear
cause to rise up

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