prick|le1 [ˈprıkəl] n
[: Old English; Origin: pricle]
1.) a long thin sharp point on the skin of some animals or the surface of some plants
2.) if you feel a prickle of fear, anger, or excitement, you feel slightly afraid, angry, or excited in a way that makes your skin feel slightly cold and uncomfortable
prickle of
She felt a prickle of fear as she realized that she was alone.
prickle 2
prickle2 v
1.) [I and T]
if something prickles your skin, it makes it sting slightly
A cold breeze prickled his face.
His hair prickled my neck.
prickle on
He felt sweat prickle on his forehead.
if your skin prickles, it begins to sting slightly
Her skin was prickling uncomfortably.
3.) [I] [i]BrE
if your eyes prickle, they sting slightly because you are going to cry
She felt her eyes prickle. 'It was awful,' she whispered.
My eyes prickled with tears .
4.) [I]
if you prickle, you feel slightly angry, excited, or afraid
prickle with
The thought of meeting him made her prickle with excitement.
prickle at
She felt herself prickle (=become angry) at his tone of voice.

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  • Prickle — Pric kle, v. t. To prick slightly, as with prickles, or fine, sharp points. [1913 Webster] Felt a horror over me creep, Prickle skin, and catch my breath. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Prickle — Pric kle, n. [AS. pricele, pricle; akin to LG. prickel, D. prikkel. See {Prick}, n.] 1. A little prick; a small, sharp point; a fine, sharp process or projection, as from the skin of an animal, the bark of a plant, etc.; a spine. Bacon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prickle — O.E. pricel thing to prick with, from the same source as O.E. prician (see PRICK (Cf. prick)) with W.Gmc. instrumental suffix * islja (Cf. M.L.G. prickel, Du. prikkel) …   Etymology dictionary

  • prickle — [prik′əl] n. [ME prykel < OE pricel, earlier pricels < base of prica (see PRICK) + els, instrumental suffix] 1. any sharp point; specif., a small, sharply pointed spine lacking vascular tissue and growing from the tissue under the outer… …   English World dictionary

  • prickle — I UK [ˈprɪk(ə)l] / US verb Word forms prickle : present tense I/you/we/they prickle he/she/it prickles present participle prickling past tense prickled past participle prickled 1) [intransitive/transitive] to feel something sharp and… …   English dictionary

  • Prickle — In botany, a prickle is a modified extension of the cortex and epidermis into a sharp, needle like structure. By extension, it can refer to: *Prickle cell of the skin *Prickle (protein), a planar cell polarity protein *the collective noun for a… …   Wikipedia

  • prickle — prick|le1 [ prıkl ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to feel something sharp and uncomfortable on your skin or to cause this feeling: She felt frost prickling her face. His new wool pants prickled his legs. 2. ) intransitive to experience a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prickle — 1. noun a) A small, sharp pointed object, such as a thorn. b) A tingling sensation of mild discomfort. 2. verb a) To feel a prickle …   Wiktionary

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