• WordNet 3.6
    • n pricker an awl for making small holes for brads or small screws
    • n pricker a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pricker A priming wire; a priming needle, -- used in blasting and gunnery.
    • Pricker (Naut) A small marline spike having generally a wooden handle, -- used in sailmaking.
    • Pricker One who spurs forward; a light horseman. "The prickers , who rode foremost, . . . halted."
    • Pricker One who, or that which, pricks; a pointed instrument; a sharp point; a prickle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pricker That which pricks; a sharp-pointed instrument; a prickle. Specifically— A saddlers' implement, usually a bifurcated tool for marking equidistant holes for stitching
    • n pricker A small tool, resembling in form and use a fid or marlinespike, with a wooden handle, used by sail-makers
    • n pricker A piercing implement used in a machine for manufacturing card-foundations.
    • n pricker A priming-needle of pointed copper wire, used in blasting. It is inserted in the charge of powder centrally with reference to the drilled hole, and the tamping is packed around it. On its withdrawal a hole is left, into which fine powder is poured, and a fuse is then connected with the top of the hole.
    • n pricker In gunnery, a sharp wire introduced through the touch-hole of a gun to pierce the cartridge, thus opening a communication between the powder in the cartridge and the priming-powder when the gun is primed.
    • n pricker An implement for extracting primers from spent central-fire cartridges for small-arms, when the cases are to be reloaded.
    • n pricker A long iron rod with a sharp point, a kind of pointed crowbar, used in some of the English coal-mines for bringing down the coal from overhead, and for some other purposes.
    • n pricker One who pricks. Specifically — A light horseman.
    • n pricker One who tested whether women were witches by sticking pins into them; a witch-finder.
    • n pricker In ichthyology, the basking-shark.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Pricker that which pricks: a sharp-pointed instrument: light-horseman: a priming wire
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. pricu, a point; Ger. prickeln, Dut. prikkel, a prickle.


In literature:

Venerers, Prickers, and Verderers: huntsmen, light-horsemen, and guardians of the vert and venison in the Duke's forest.
"Introduction to Robert Browning" by Hiram Corson
John Bain, a common pricker, swore that, as he passed her door, he heard her talking to the devil.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions" by Charles Mackay
Yeomen prickers they are, who tend to the King's hunt.
"The White Company" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Madame Pricker opened the door, and bade the master of ceremonies enter the adjoining room, where M. Pricker awaited him.
"Frederick the Great and His Court" by L. Mühlbach
In the midst, Frank Talbot returned with the tidings that the pricker Guy Norman was nowhere to be found.
"Unknown to History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The one with the prickers on it.
"Galusha the Magnificent" by Joseph C. Lincoln
It was nasty old dry grass things, and they've got prickers on them.
"Six Little Bunkers at Cowboy Jack's" by Laura Lee Hope
Prickers and holders of the kind represented in fig.
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont
The man might fill him with thorns and prickers from his thunder and lightning stick, but he must have some of that honey.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
John Bain, a common pricker, swore that, as he passed her door, he heard her talking to the devil.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay