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Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Middle English pryk, prik, prikke from Old English prica

Noun

Singular
prick

Plural
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  1. The feeling of being pierced or punctured by an object with a fine point such as a pin or small nail.
  2. A small pointed object.
  3. A sharp feeling of remorse. (Acts ii. 37.)
  4. (nautical, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) [ca. 1740-1850] Small roll of yarn or tobacco.
  5. (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A penis.
  6. (US, UK, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) A man or boy; usually unpleasant and rude.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English prikken, from Old English prician

Verb

Infinitive
to prick

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to prick (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To pierce or puncture.
    John hardly felt the needle prick his arm when the adept nurse drew blood at his physical.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To urge, to spur, to goad, to incite.
    My duty pricks me on to utter that. Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona, ii. 7.
  3. (nautical, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To trace a ship’s course on a chart.
  4. (nautical, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To run a middle seam through the cloth of a sail. (The Universal Dictionary of the English Language, 1896)

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

Inflection for prick Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative prick pricken prickar prickarna
Genitive pricks prickens prickars prickarnas

prick c.

  1. dot, small spot
    Sista bokstaven i det svenska alfabetet är "ö", det vill säga ett "o" med två prickar över.
    The last letter in the Swedish alphabet is "ö", that is, an "o" with two dots over it.
  2. guy, person; especially about a particularly nice or funny one
    Det var en riktigt trevlig prick, det där.
    That was a really nice guy, that.

Usage notes

In the sense of "person", it is mainly used in conjunction with the adjectives rolig (funny) or trevlig (nice).

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