- 1[transitive] to make a very small hole in something with a sharp point prick something He pricked the balloon and burst it. prick something with something Prick holes in the paper with a pin.
- 2[transitive] prick something (on something) to make a small hole in the skin so that it hurts or blood comes out She pricked her finger on a needle.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] to make somebody feel a slight pain as if they were being pricked He felt a pricking sensation in his throat. prick something Tears pricked her eyes. Word Origin Old English pricca (noun), prician (verb), probably of West Germanic origin and related to Low German and Dutch prik (noun), prikken (verb).Idioms to make you feel guilty about something; to feel guilty about something Her conscience pricked her as she lied to her sister.
- 1(of an animal, especially a horse or dog) to raise the ears
- 2(also your ears prick up) (of a person) to listen carefully, especially because you have just heard something interesting Her ears pricked up at the sound of his name. I walked along, ears pricked for the slightest noise.
BrE BrE//prɪk//; NAmE NAmE//prɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prick
BrE BrE//prɪk//; NAmE NAmE//prɪk//he / she / it pricks
BrE BrE//prɪks//; NAmE NAmE//prɪks//past simple pricked
BrE BrE//prɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//prɪkt//past participle pricked
BrE BrE//prɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//prɪkt//-ing form pricking
BrE BrE//ˈprɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪkɪŋ//