to make a small hole in something using something sharp:
Prick the sausages before you grill them.
prick yourself/prick your finger (=accidentally make a hole in your skin)
She had pricked her finger on a rose thorn.
2 [intransitive and transitive]
if something pricks a part of your body, or if it pricks, you feel small sharp pains [↪ prickle]:
Angry tears pricked her eyes.
a curious pricking sensation
if something pricks someone's conscience or their conscience pricks them, they feel guilty or ashamed:
Her conscience pricked her as she told the lie.
if an animal pricks up its ears, it raises them to listen to a sound:
The rabbit stopped suddenly, pricking up its ears.
if you prick up your ears or your ears prick up, you listen carefully because you have heard something interesting:
Jay pricked up his ears when I mentioned a vacation.
prick sth↔ outphrasal verb
to place young plants in soil after you have grown them from seed