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  1. prick·le
    IPA[ˈprik(ə)l]
  2. noun

    verb

    • 1. (of a person's skin or a part of the body) experience a tingling sensation, especially as a result of strong emotion:

      the sound made her skin prickle with horror
      Synonym : tingle, itch, have a creeping sensation, have goose pimples, have gooseflesh, have goosebumps, have pins and needles
    • 2. cause a tingling or mildly painful sensation in:

      I hate the way the fibers prickle your skin
      Synonym : make something tingle, make something smart, make something itch, sting, prick
    • 3. (of a person) react defensively or angrily to something:

      she prickled at the implication that she had led a soft and protected life
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: prickle, plural noun: prickles

    • v.: verb: prickle, 3rd person present: prickles, gerund or present participle: prickling, past tense: prickled, past participle: prickled

    • noun

      a short pointed outgrowth on the bark or epidermis of a plant; a small thorn:

      a small spine or pointed outgrowth on the skin of certain animals.

    • verb

      (of a part of the body) experience a tingling sensation, especially as a result of strong emotion:

      cause a tingling sensation in:

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