Definition of prickle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪkl//
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  1. 1 a small sharp part on the stem or leaf of a plant or on the skin of some animals a cactus covered in prickles
  2. 2a slight stinging feeling on the skin a prickle of fear/excitement
  3. Word OriginOld 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.
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