(1) The act of puncturing with a small point
"He gave the balloon a small prick"
(2) Obscene terms for penis
(3) Insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous
(4) A depression scratched or carved into a surface
(5) Stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
(6) Make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
"The nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample"
(7) Deliver a sting to
"A bee stung my arm yesterday"
(8) To cause a sharp emotional pain
"The thought of her unhappiness pricked his conscience"
"The dog pricked up his ears"
(10) Cause a prickling sensation
(11) Cause a stinging pain
"The needle pricked his skin"
pryk, prik, prikke from Old English prica
- The feeling of being pierced or punctured by an object with a fine point such as a pin or small nail.
- A small pointed object.
- A sharp feeling of remorse. (Acts ii. 37.)
- [ca. 1740-1850] Small roll of yarn or tobacco.
- A penis.
- A man or boy; usually unpleasant and rude.
From , from
- To pierce or puncture.
- John hardly felt the needle prick his arm when the adept nurse drew blood at his physical.
- To urge, to spur, to goad, to incite.
- My duty pricks me on to utter that. Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona, ii. 7.
- To trace a ship’s course on a chart.
- To run a middle seam through the cloth of a sail. (The Universal Dictionary of the English Language, 1896)
- dot, small spot
- Sista bokstaven i det svenska alfabetet är "ö", det vill säga ett "o" med två prickar över.
- The last letter in the Swedish alphabet is "ö", that is, an "o" with two dots over it.
- guy, person; especially about a particularly nice or funny one
- Det var en riktigt trevlig prick, det där.
- That was a really nice guy, that.
In the sense of "person", it is mainly used in conjunction with the adjectives rolig (funny) or trevlig (nice).