- (nonstandard, or, rural) father, Father; pa.
- (context, of an animal) To go through something (such as a garbage can) with paws
- (context, of an animal) To gently push on something with a paw.
- (context, by extension, of a human) To clumsily dig through something.
- The usually informal hierarchy of authority or command, often partial or approximate, as determined by the especially natural propensity for domination of different members of a specific group over each other, such as older brothers and sisters over their younger siblings.
- (biology) A chemical secreted by an animal, especially an insect that affects the development or behavior of other members of the same species, functioning often as a means of attracting a member of the opposite sex.
- A tool used for digging.
- A comb with long teeth, for use with tightly curled hair.
- A choice.
- (basketball) A screen
- (lacrosse) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
- An interception.
- (baseball) A good defensive play by an infielder
- (baseball) Short for pick-off
- (music) a tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar
- To grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.
- Don't at that scab.
- To remove a fruit or plant for consumption.
- It's time to the tomatoes.
- Decide between options.
- I'll the one with the nicest name.
- (cricket) to recognise the type of ball being bowled by a bowler by studying the position of the hand and arm as the ball is released
- He didn't the googly, and was bowled.
- diminutive form of the given names Philip, Phillip, and Philippa.
verb (pouches, pouching, pouched)
- A small bag usually closed with a drawstring
- A pocket in which a marsupial carries its young
- Any pocket or bag shaped object; as, a posing pouch or cheek pouch
- (transitive) To enclose within a pouch.
- (transitive) To transport within a pouch, especially a diplomatic pouch.
- We pouched the encryption device to our embassy in Beijing.
verb (pounc, ing)
- (intransitive) To leap into the air intending to seize someone or something:
- The kitten pounced at the ball I threw to him
- Rachel pounced on Seth, because she loved him and wanted him for herself.''
- (intransitive) To attack suddenly
- ''I was awakened from a dead sleep by my child pouncing on top of me from out of nowhere.
- (intransitive) To eagerly seize an opportunity
- I pounced on the chance to get promoted.
- of, or relating to a predator
- living by preying on other living animals
- exploiting or victimizing others for personal gain
- 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.)
- (nautical, obsolete) ca. 1740-1850 Small roll of yarn or tobacco.
- (slang, vulgar, especially, _, US) A penis.
- (US, UK, slang, pejorative) A man or boy; usually unpleasant and rude.
- To pierce or puncture.
- John hardly felt the needle his arm when the adept nurse drew blood at his physical.
- (figurative) To urge, to spur, to goad, to incite.
- My duty pricks me on to utter that. Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona, ii. 7.
- (nautical, obsolete) 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)
- (rfv-sense) (context, zymurgy) "The floor of a malt-kiln is perforated with small holes which get choked during the malting season. A lad is then employed to clear each hole, which operation is called pricking the kiln." (The Universal Dictionary of the English Language, 1896)
- The vibrating sound made by a cat in its throat when contented.
- (intransitive) Of a cat, to make a vibrating sound in its throat when contented.