From Middle English prik, prikke, from Old English prica, pricu, from Proto-Germanic *prikô, *prikō, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *breyǵ- ("to scrape, scratch, rub, prickle, chap"). Cognate with West Frisian prik ("small hole"), Dutch prik ("point, small stick"), Danish prik ("dot"), Icelandic prik ("dot, small stick").
From Middle English prikken, from Old English prician, priccan, from Proto-Germanic *prikōną, *prikjaną, of uncertain origin; perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *breyǵ- ("to scrape, scratch, rub, prickle, chap"). Cognate with dialectal English pritch, Dutch prikken ("to prick, sting"), Middle High German pfrecken ("to prick"), Swedish pricka ("to dot, prick"), and possibly to Lithuanian įbrėžti ("to scrape, scratch, carve, inscribe, strike").
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