From (etyl) prik, prikke, from (etyl) prica, . Pejorative context came from prickers, or witch-hunters.
A small hole or perforation, caused by piercing.
An indentation or small mark made with a pointed object.
(obsolete) A dot or other diacritical mark used in writing; a point.
(obsolete) A tiny particle; a small amount of something; a jot.
A small pointed object.
* Bible, Acts ix. 5
- Pins, wooden pricks , nails, sprigs of rosemary.
The experience or feeling of being pierced or punctured by a small, sharp object.
- It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks .
* A. Tucker
- I felt a sharp prick as the nurse took a sample of blood.
(slang, vulgar) The penis.
(slang, pejorative) Someone (especially a man or boy) who is unpleasant, rude or annoying.
(now, historical) A small roll of yarn or tobacco.
The footprint of a hare.
(obsolete) A point or mark on the dial, noting the hour.
- the pricks of conscience
(obsolete) The point on a target at which an archer aims; the mark; the pin.
- the prick of noon
- they that shooten nearest the prick
From (etyl) .
To pierce or puncture slightly.
To form by piercing or puncturing.
- John hardly felt the needle prick his arm when the adept nurse drew blood.
- to prick holes in paper
- to prick a pattern for embroidery
- to prick the notes of a musical composition
(dated) To be punctured; to suffer or feel a sharp pain, as by puncture.
To incite, stimulate, goad.
* (rfdate), (Shakespeare), (Two Gentlemen of Verona) , ii. 7.
- A sore finger pricks .
To affect with sharp pain; to sting, as with remorse.
* Bible, Acts ii. 37
- My duty pricks me on to utter that.
- Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart.
(archaic) To urge one's horse on; to ride quickly.
- I was pricked with some reproof.
* 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , III.1:
* 1881 , :
- At last, as through an open plaine they yode, / They spide a knight that towards them pricked fayre [...].
(transitive, chiefly, nautical) To mark the surface of (something) with pricks or dots; especially, to trace a ship’s course on (a chart).
(nautical, obsolete) To run a middle seam through the cloth of a sail. (The Universal Dictionary of the English Language, 1896)
To make acidic or pungent.
- Indeed, it is a memorable subject for consideration, with what unconcern and gaiety mankind pricks on along the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
To become sharp or acid; to turn sour, as wine.
To aim at a point or mark.
To fix by the point; to attach or hang by puncturing.
- to prick a knife into a board
- The cooks prick it [a slice] on a prong of iron.
(obsolete) To mark or denote by a puncture; to designate by pricking; to choose; to mark.
* Francis Bacon
- (Isaac Newton)
* Sir Walter Scott
- Some who are pricked for sheriffs.
- Let the soldiers for duty be carefully pricked off.
To make sharp; to erect into a point; to raise, as something pointed; said especially of the ears of an animal, such as a horse or dog; and usually followed by up .
- Those many, then, shall die: their names are pricked .
(obsolete) To dress; to prink; usually with up .
(farriery) To drive a nail into (a horse's foot), so as to cause lameness.
- The courser pricks up his ears.
* douche bag
A sterile container which holds the fluid used for giving a vaginal douche.
(US, slang, vulgar) A jerk or asshole; a mean or rude person; someone seen as being arrogant, snobby or obnoxious.
- ''That douchebag ruined my shrimp cocktail.
- ''Why doesn’t that guy get a job? He’s a regular douchebag .
(US, slang) Any social misfit; a doofus, dork, or nerd.
- ''It's fine to help your friends eat healthy, but don't be a douchebag and harass them about it.
- ''That pocket protector makes you look like a douchebag .