pinprick
I. noun Date: circa 1860 1. a small puncture made by or as if by a pin 2. a petty irritation or annoyance II. verb Date: 1899 transitive verb to administer pinpricks to intransitive verb to administer pinpricks

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  • pinprick — (n.) 1862, from PIN (Cf. pin) (n.) + PRICK (Cf. prick) (n.). Used figuratively of petty irritations from 1885 …   Etymology dictionary

  • pinprick — ► NOUN 1) a prick caused by a pin. 2) a very small dot or amount …   English terms dictionary

  • pinprick — [pin′prik΄] n. 1. any tiny puncture made by or as by a pin 2. a minor irritation or annoyance …   English World dictionary

  • pinprick — UK [ˈpɪnˌprɪk] / US noun [countable] Word forms pinprick : singular pinprick plural pinpricks 1) a quick pain that you feel when a needle is pushed into your skin 2) a very small round spot of something a pinprick of light …   English dictionary

  • pinprick — pin|prick [ˈpınˌprık] n 1.) a very small area or ↑dot of something pinprick of ▪ a pinprick of light 2.) a very small hole in something, similar to one made by a pin 3.) something that slightly annoys you ▪ These problems were pinpricks compared… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pinprick — [[t]pɪ̱nprɪk[/t]] pinpricks also pin prick, pin prick N COUNT: with supp A very small spot of something can be described as a pinprick. ...a pinprick of light... She looked up at me with pinpricks of sweat along her hairline …   English dictionary

  • pinprick — 1. noun a) An insignificant puncture made by a pin or similar point. b) A mildly annoying wound or damage. 2. verb To produce a jabbing sensation like a pinprick. The water pinpricked her face as she stepped into the shower …   Wiktionary

  • pinprick — noun (C) 1 (C) a very small area or dot of something (+ of): a pinprick of light 2 a very small hole in something, similar to one made by a pin 3 something that slightly annoys you …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pinprick — /ˈpɪnprɪk/ (say pinprik) noun 1. any small puncture made by or as by a pin. 2. any petty annoyance. 3. the sensation of being pricked with or as with a pin: to feel a pinprick. –pinpricked, adjective –pinpricking, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • pinprick — /pin prik /, n. 1. any minute puncture made by a pin or the like. 2. a negligible irritation or annoyance. [1745 55; PIN + PRICK] * * * …   Universalium

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