pricker

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

prick +‎ -er

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pricker (plural prickers)

  1. One who pricks.
  2. A tool for pricking.
  3. A prickle or thorn.
  4. One who spurs forward; a light horseman.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      The prickers, who rode foremost, [] halted.
  5. A priming wire; a priming needle, used in blasting and gunnery.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  6. (nautical) A small marlinespike used in sailmaking.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of R. H. Dana, Jr. to this entry?)

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