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PRICK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prick mean? 

PRICK (noun)
  The noun PRICK has 4 senses:

1. insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous
2. a depression scratched or carved into a surface
3. obscene terms for penis
4. the act of puncturing with a small point

  Familiarity information: PRICK used as a noun is uncommon.


PRICK (verb)
  The verb PRICK has 7 senses:

1. make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
2. cause a stinging pain
3. raise
4. stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
5. cause a prickling sensation
6. to cause a sharp emotional pain
7. deliver a sting to

  Familiarity information: PRICK used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRICK (noun)


Sense 1prick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

son of a bitch; prick; motherfucker; mother fucker; dickhead; bastard; asshole; cocksucker; SOB; whoreson; shit

Hypernyms ("prick" is a kind of...):

disagreeable person; unpleasant person (a person who is not pleasant or agreeable)

Domain usage:

dirty word; filth; obscenity; smut; vulgarism (an offensive or indecent word or phrase)


Sense 2prick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A depression scratched or carved into a surface

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

incision; scratch; prick; dent; slit

Hypernyms ("prick" is a kind of...):

depression; impression; imprint (a concavity in a surface produced by pressing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "prick"):

score; scotch (a slight surface cut (especially a notch that is made to keep a tally))


Sense 3prick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Obscene terms for penis

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

cock; pecker; putz; peter; dick; prick; tool; shaft

Hypernyms ("prick" is a kind of...):

member; penis; phallus (the male organ of copulation ('member' is a euphemism))

Domain usage:

dirty word; filth; obscenity; smut; vulgarism (an offensive or indecent word or phrase)


Sense 4prick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of puncturing with a small point

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

pricking; prick

Context example:

he gave the balloon a small prick

Hypernyms ("prick" is a kind of...):

puncture (the act of puncturing or perforating)


PRICK (verb)


Sense 1prick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

prick; prickle

Context example:

The nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample

Hypernyms (to "prick" is one way to...):

pierce (make a hole into)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prick"):

needle (prick with a needle)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2prick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause a stinging pain

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

twinge; prick; sting

Context example:

The needle pricked his skin

Hypernyms (to "prick" is one way to...):

ache; hurt; suffer (feel physical pain)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prick"):

prick; prickle (cause a prickling sensation)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3prick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Raise

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

cock up; prick up; prick

Context example:

The dog pricked up his ears

Hypernyms (to "prick" is one way to...):

erect; rear (cause to rise up)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4prick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

goad; prick

Hypernyms (to "prick" is one way to...):

jab; stab (stab or pierce)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5prick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause a prickling sensation

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

prickle; prick

Hypernyms (to "prick" is one way to...):

prick; sting; twinge (cause a stinging pain)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody's (body part) ----s


Sense 6prick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To cause a sharp emotional pain

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

The thought of her unhappiness pricked his conscience

Hypernyms (to "prick" is one way to...):

arouse; elicit; enkindle; evoke; fire; kindle; provoke; raise (call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 7prick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deliver a sting to

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

sting; bite; prick

Context example:

A bee stung my arm yesterday

Hypernyms (to "prick" is one way to...):

pierce (make a hole into)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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