Synonyms of prick in English:

prick


See definition of prick

verb

1‘prick the potatoes all over with a fork’

SYNONYMS
pierce, puncture, make a hole in, put a hole in, stab, perforate, rupture, riddle, penetrate, nick, spear, slit, incise, knife, bore, spike, skewer, spit, stick, punch, pin, needle, jag, jab
rare pink, transpierce

2‘his eyes began to prick in the smoke’

SYNONYMS
sting, smart, burn, tingle, prickle, itch
hurt, be sore, be irritated

3‘his conscience began to prick him’

SYNONYMS
trouble, worry, distress, cause someone distress, perturb, disturb, oppress, harrow, harass, cause someone anguish, afflict, torment, plague, prey on, gnaw at, cut, touch, stab, pain, cause someone pain

4‘ambition pricked him on to greater effort’

SYNONYMS
goad, prod, incite, provoke, urge, spur, sting, whip, prompt, stimulate, encourage, inspire, motivate, push, propel, impel

5‘the horse pricked up its ears’

SYNONYMS
raise, erect, point

noun

1‘the patient will feel a prick in the back’

SYNONYMS
jab, sting, pinprick, stab, nick, jag

2‘he could still see the prick of that vanished drawing pin in the plaster’

SYNONYMS
hole, puncture, perforation, pinhole
nick, wound, cut, gash

3‘Juliet felt the prick of tears behind her eyelids’

SYNONYMS
sting, stinging, smart, smarting, burning, tingle, tingling, itch, itching, soreness, irritation

4‘the prick of conscience’

SYNONYMS
pang, pricking, twinge, stab, gnawing

Phrases

    prick up one's ears


    SYNONYMS
    listen carefully, pay attention, become attentive, begin to take notice, attend, concentrate on hearing, lend an ear, pin one's ears back
    informal be all ears
    literary hark