I UK [ˈprɪk(ə)l] / US verb
Word forms "prickle":
present tense I/you/we/they prickle he/she/it prickles present participle prickling past tense prickled past participle prickled
1) [intransitive/transitive] to feel something sharp and uncomfortable on your skin or to cause this feeling

She felt frost prickling her face.

His new wool trousers prickled his legs.

2) [intransitive] to experience a burning or cold feeling caused by a strong emotion

His cheeks prickled with embarrassment.

II UK [ˈprɪk(ə)l] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "prickle":
singular prickle plural prickles
a) an uncomfortable stinging feeling on your skin caused by something sharp

She felt the prickle of his beard against her face.

b) an uncomfortable feeling on your skin caused by an emotion

a prickle of fear/anxiety

2) a sharp pointed part on a plant or animal

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