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prickle

[prik-uh l] /ˈprɪk əl/
noun
1.
a sharp point.
2.
a small, pointed process growing from the bark of a plant.
3.
a sharp process or projection, as from the skin of an animal; a spine.
4.
a pricking sensation.
verb (used with object), prickled, prickling.
5.
to prick lightly.
6.
to cause a pricking or tingling sensation in.
verb (used without object), prickled, prickling.
7.
to tingle as if pricked.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English prykel (noun), Old English pricel. See prick, -le
Related forms
unprickled, adjective
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Examples for prickle
  • They can't really prickle you if you don't take offense at their thoughtless offhand comments.
  • Film-goers have seen the lizards and the blazing rocks, have heard the didgeridoo, have felt their scalps prickle.
  • Many felt their skin prickle and were told to scrub down.
  • She felt a prickle on the back of her neck, a shiver of foreboding.
British Dictionary definitions for prickle

prickle

/ˈprɪkəl/
noun
1.
(botany) a pointed process arising from the outer layer of a stem, leaf, etc, and containing no woody or conducting tissue Compare thorn (sense 1)
2.
a pricking or stinging sensation
verb
3.
to feel or cause to feel a stinging sensation
4.
(transitive) to prick, as with a thorn
Word Origin
Old English pricel; related to Middle Low German prekel, German Prickel
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Word Origin and History for prickle
prickle
O.E. pricel "thing to prick with," from the same source as O.E. prician (see prick) with W.Gmc. instrumental suffix *-islja (cf. M.L.G. prickel, Du. prikkel). Prickly "spiny, armed with prickles" is from 1578 (originally of holly leaves); fig. sense of "irritable" first recorded 1862. Prickly heat is from 1736, so called for the sensation; prickly pear is from 1760.
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