Norman Mailer, John Updike, and Saul Bellow are in a category of their own: prick Lit.
For those of you who believe in following the money, prick up your ears.
The next time I spoke to him on the phone, he greeted me with thusly: “Hello, you prick.”
The prick of conscience she has alerts us to the fact that she is different from Francis—or just at a different stage of her life.
prick the bladder with a needle every so often,” she advises sagely, “to keep it from exploding.
Roll thin, cut in small biscuits, prick with a fork and bake in a quick oven.
And the hair along the back of Younger Brother began to prick.
Porfiry Petrovitch had turned to go, but he seemed to prick up his ears at this.
So they kept shouting to him, and even went so far as to prick him with their swords.
But did he,” I asked, “try to prick the bubble of Sunchildism?
Middle English prikke, from Old English prica (n.) "point, puncture; particle, small portion of space or time," common West Germanic (cf. Low German prik "point," Middle Dutch prick, Dutch prik, Swedish prick "point, dot"). Meaning "pointed weapon, dagger" is first attested 1550s.
Earliest recorded use for "penis" is 1590s (Shakespeare puns upon it). My prick was used 16c.-17c. as a term of endearment by "immodest maids" for their boyfriends. As a term of abuse, it is attested by 1929. Prick-teaser attested from 1958. To kick against the pricks (Acts ix:5, first in the translation of 1382) is probably from sense of "a goad for oxen" (mid-14c.).
Old English prician "to prick, pierce, prick out, sting," from West Germanic *prikojanan (cf. Low German pricken, Dutch prikken "to prick"); Danish prikke "to mark with dots," Swedish pricka "to point, prick, mark with dots" probably are from Low German. Related: Pricked; pricking. To prick up one's ears is 1580s, originally of animals with pointed ears (prycke-eared, of foxes, is from 1520s).