from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small sharp point, spine, or thorn.
  • n. A tingling or pricking sensation.
  • transitive v. To prick as if with a thorn.
  • transitive v. To cause a tingling or pricking sensation in.
  • intransitive v. To feel a tingling or pricking sensation.
  • intransitive v. To rise or stand up like prickles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, sharp pointed object, such as a thorn.
  • n. A tingling sensation of mild discomfort.
  • v. To feel a prickle.
  • v. To cause someone to feel a prickle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A kind of willow basket; -- a term still used in some branches of trade.
  • n. A sieve of filberts, -- about fifty pounds.
  • transitive v. To prick slightly, as with prickles, or fine, sharp points.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To prick or puncture slightly; pierce with fine sharp points.
  • To cause a pricking sensation in: said of the skin.
  • To cover with pricks or points; dot.
  • To be prickly.
  • n. A little prick; a small sharp point; in botany, a small sharp-pointed conical process growing from the bark only, as in the rose and blackberry, and thus distinguished from the spine or thorn, which is usually a modified branch or leaf growing from the wood of the plant.
  • n. A sharp-pointed process or projection, as from the skin of an animal; a spine.
  • n. The sensation of being pricked or stung.
  • n. A kind of basket: still used in some trades. See the second quotation.
  • n. A sieve of filberts, containing about half of a hundredweight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
  • n. a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
  • v. cause a stinging or tingling sensation
  • v. cause a prickling sensation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English prikel, from Old English pricel.


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