Complete Definition of "prick"

English

Pronunciation
IPA|/prɪk/
SAMPA|/prIk/
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɪk|-ɪk

Etymology 1
Middle English pryk, prik, prikke from Old English prica

Noun
en-noun

  1. The feeling of being pierced or punctured by an object with a fine point such as a pin or small nail.
  2. A small pointed object.
  3. A sharp feeling of remorse. (Acts ii. 37.)
  4. nautical|obsolete [ca. 1740-1850] Small roll of yarn or tobacco.
  5. slang|vulgar|especially|_|US A penis.
  6. US|UK|slang|pejorative A man or boy; usually unpleasant and rude.

Translations
rfc-level|Translations at L3+ (AutoFormat? would have corrected level of Translations)
trans-top|being pierced
Danish: prik n
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Derived terms
pricker
prickle
prickly
pricktease
prickteaser

Etymology 2
Middle English prikken from Old English prician

Verb
en-verb transitive

  1. To pierce or puncture.

#: John hardly felt the needle prick his arm when the adept nurse drew blood at his physical.

  1. figurative To urge, to spur, to goad, to incite.

#: My duty pricks me on to utter that. Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona, ii. 7.

  1. nautical|obsolete To trace a ship’s course on a chart.
  2. nautical|obsolete To run a middle seam through the cloth of a sail. (The Universal Dictionary of the English Language, 1896)
  3. 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)

Swedish

Pronunciation
audio|Sv-en prick.ogg|audio

Noun
sv-noun-reg-ar
prick c

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Usage notes
In the sense of "person", it is mainly used in conjunction with the adjectives rolig (funny) or trevlig (nice).

Phrases
mitt i prick - right on the spot

Related terms
pricka

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