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1 insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous [syn: asshole, bastard, cocksucker, dickhead, shit, mother fucker, motherfucker, whoreson, son of a bitch, SOB]
2 a depression scratched or carved into a surface [syn: incision, scratch, slit, dent]
3 obscene terms for penis [syn: cock, dick, shaft, pecker, peter, tool, putz]
4 the act of puncturing with a small point; "he gave the balloon a small prick" [syn: pricking]


1 make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn; "The nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample" [syn: prickle]
2 cause a stinging pain; "The needle pricked his skin" [syn: sting, twinge]
3 raise; "The dog pricked up his ears" [syn: prick up, cock up]
4 prod or urge as if with a log stick [syn: goad]
5 cause a prickling sensation [syn: prickle]
6 to cause a sharp emotional pain; "The thought of her unhappiness pricked his conscience"
7 deliver a sting to; "A bee stung my arm yesterday" [syn: sting, bite]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /prɪk/
  • /prIk/
    Rhymes: -ɪk

Etymology 1

Middle English pryk, prik, prikke from Old English prica


  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. A penis.
  6. A man or boy; usually unpleasant and rude.
being pierced

Etymology 2

From prikken, from prician


  1. To pierce or puncture.
    John hardly felt the needle prick his arm when the adept nurse drew blood at his physical.
  2. transitive figurative To urge, to spur, to goad, to incite.
    My duty pricks me on to utter that. Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona, ii. 7.
  3. nautical obsolete To trace a ship’s course on a chart.
  4. nautical obsolete To run a middle seam through the cloth of a sail. (The Universal Dictionary of the English Language, 1896)




  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.
  2. 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).

Derived terms

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Extensive Definition

Prick can refer to:
  • Prick (album), an album by the rock band The Melvins
  • A band or a self-titled album by an industrial rock project led by Kevin McMahon (musician)
  • "Prick", a single by the Australian band Something for Kate
  • Prick can be a slang term for a penis
  • Prick (often prefixed with "Grade A") can be used as a crude insult for an overtly malicious person
  • "Prick" may refer to Fingerprick, the act of creating a small wound on one's finger to extract or test blood

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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