1. That which pricks, penetrates, or punctures; a sharp and slender thing; a pointed instrument; a goad; a spur, etc.; a point; a skewer. Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary. (Shak) It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. (acts ix. 5)
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Origin: AS. Prica, pricca, pricu; akin to LG. Prick, pricke, D. Prik, Dan. Prik, prikke, Sw. Prick. Cf. Prick.
1. To pierce slightly with a sharp-pointed instrument or substance; to make a puncture in, or to make by puncturing; to drive a fine point into; as, to prick one with a pin, needle, etc.; to prick a card; to prick holes in paper.
3. To mark or denote by a puncture; to designate by pricking; to choose; to mark; sometimes with off. Some who are pricked for sheriffs. (bacon) Let the soldiers for duty be carefully pricked off. (Sir W. Scott) Those many, then, shall die: their names are pricked. (Shak)
5. To ride or guide with spurs; to spur; to goad; to incite; to urge on; sometimes with on, or off. Who pricketh his blind horse over the fallows. (Chaucer) The season pricketh every gentle heart. (Chaucer) My duty pricks me on to utter that. (Shak)
7. To make sharp; to erect into a point; to raise, as something pointed; said especially of the ears of an animal, as a horse or dog; and usually followed by up; hence, to prick up the ears, to listen sharply; 83c
to have the attention and interest strongly engaged. The courser . . . Pricks up his ears.
9. To dress; to prink; usually with up.
Origin: AS. Prician; akin to LG. Pricken, D. Prikken, Dan. Prikke, Sw. Pricka. See Prick, and cf. Prink, Prig.