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PRICKLE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does prickle mean? 

PRICKLE (noun)
  The noun PRICKLE has 1 sense:

1. a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf

  Familiarity information: PRICKLE used as a noun is very rare.


PRICKLE (verb)
  The verb PRICKLE has 3 senses:

1. cause a prickling sensation
2. cause a stinging or tingling sensation
3. make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn

  Familiarity information: PRICKLE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRICKLE (noun)


Sense 1prickle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Synonyms:

pricker; prickle; spikelet; sticker; thorn; spine

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

aculeus (a stiff sharp-pointed plant process)

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

glochid; glochidium (a barbed spine or bristle (often tufted on cacti))


PRICKLE (verb)


Sense 1prickle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause a prickling sensation

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

prickle; prick

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

prick; sting; twinge (cause a stinging pain)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 2prickle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause a stinging or tingling sensation

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

tingle; prickle

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

itch (have or perceive an itch)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 3prickle [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 "prickle" is one way to...):

pierce (make a hole into)

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

needle (prick with a needle)

Sentence frames:

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


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