- 1[transitive, intransitive] prickle (something) to give somebody an unpleasant feeling on their skin, as if a lot of small sharp points are pushing into it The rough cloth prickled my skin. His moustache prickled when he kissed me.
- 2[intransitive] prickle (with something) (of skin, eyes, etc.) to sting or feel strange and unpleasant because you are frightened, angry, excited, etc. Her eyes prickled with tears. The thought made her prickle with excitement. The hairs on the back of my neck prickled when I heard the door open. (figurative) He prickled (= became angry) at the suggestion that it had been his fault. See related entries: Fear Word Origin Old English pricel ‘instrument for pricking, sensation of being pricked’; related to Middle Dutch prickel, from the Germanic base of prick. The verb is partly a diminutive of the verb prick.
BrE BrE//ˈprɪkl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪkl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prickle
BrE BrE//ˈprɪkl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪkl//he / she / it prickles
BrE BrE//ˈprɪklz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪklz//past simple prickled
BrE BrE//ˈprɪkld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪkld//past participle prickled
BrE BrE//ˈprɪkld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪkld//-ing form prickling
BrE BrE//ˈprɪklɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪklɪŋ//Fear