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Noun: pricking  pri-king
  1. The act of puncturing with a small point
    - prick
Verb: prick  prik
  1. Make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
    "The nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample";
    - prickle
  2. Cause a stinging pain
    "The needle pricked his skin";
    - sting, twinge
  3. To stick up
    "The dog pricked up his ears";
    - prick up, cock up
  4. Stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
    - goad
  5. Cause a prickling sensation
    - prickle
  6. To cause a sharp emotional pain
    "The thought of her unhappiness pricked his conscience"
  7. Deliver a sting to
    - sting, bite

Derived forms: prickings

Type of: ache, arouse, elicit, enkindle [literary], erect, evoke, fire, hurt, jab, kindle, pierce, provoke, puncture, raise, rear, stab, suffer

Encyclopedia: Pricking