prick

When it comes to insulting slang, look no further than the human body. Pussy, cunt, twat… these words can all be used as weapons when it comes to a verbal smack down. And while it’s usually the female body that attracts the most slang terms, guys have contributed a few words of their own…which brings us to the word prick.

Prick is mainly used to describe when someone is acting like a jerk, but it can also be used as a slang term for penis. The more PG definition of prick means, “to puncture or mark.” So where did this term come from? And how did it get so many meanings?

According to etymologists, the word prick originated in the Middle English (from prikke) or Old English (prica) and dates back to before the 12th century. Back then, it pretty much meant what it means today: to make a small hole by a pointy or sharp object. It was also used amongst farmers to describe a piece of sharpened wood that kept oxen in place, like a fence.

Around the late 1500s, prick became synonymous with penis. Why? We can only guess that the penis was (and is) considered a sharp object that punctures or pierces the vagina/hymen. However, it wasn’t until the 20th century that prick actually became an insult.

In 1929, prick was defined as, “one in authority who is abusive or unjust” by the prestigious journal American Speech–in other words, someone who’s a jerk. And just like today, the term was typically only applied to men. This is different than other body-inspired insults, like pussy, that can be applied to both men and women.

Today, the term prick is still used for all of the meanings it has acquired throughout history. From the cult classic, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (“No brain little prick.”) to the mobster movie Casino, the term crops up all across pop culture.

Now, the question is: Have you ever called someone a prick?


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  • LaurenWhite

    I accidentally called my mum a prick when she was pissing me off!

  • I read it’s to affect with an emotional pang of sorrow. The painful feeling of remorse or sorrow is also called prick.

  • nandi

    no i always called them pussy ass punks lol

  • mqs.money

    fuqk them im the ish biish

  • Mare

    I call guys pricks when they piss me off. For example, a male driver cuts me off on the road, and i shout out the window "you f***in prick!!!" that is a great example of the usage of this term

  • Leni

    I called some racist bastard a prick on the bus bcuz he called my best friend a mutt.Actually I called him a stupid filthy bastard prick.I almost hit him.

  • Beth

    I call slutty girls pricks, or people who are snobby or think they’re all that. Stuck up bitches= pricks in my book XD

  • Terry

    I called my ex-boyfriend a prick last night! He was going on and on about how I'm a slut because I've been dating someone new. He shouldn't care, we haven't dated in a year. Loser.

  • Whatsaname

    I call people pricks ALL the time.I dnt see whats wrong wit it…if some one can tell whats wrng wit it plse I would really like 2 knw.

  • Mmmm….’ure a prick

    My ex is a genuine prick and I can’t stand thinking about him anymore because of the nasty comments he’s shot back at me…”would you like me inside you”? and my personal faveorite “I could just put my Dick inside you” HES SO DAMN selfish ,he needs a girlfriend that does him wrong!

  • Dani

    Lol… i call everyone a prick. My older brother started calling me a prick so i went around calling everyona a prick

  • MMm

    I just called my ex a prick on myspace (Hahahahahah) he deserved it he's a user!

  • chanz

    hah i've called alot lads pricks…simply because they are.

  • Marissa & Emma

    Marissa- haha well i never really used the word prick before to insult my guy friends but i guess now i will because they are! they always call me a slut and a whore and crap like that. so now if i need a good insult to tell theem off with ill use that. lmao.
    Emma- i say that word like i drink water. i only would use it for guys but for gurls i will use it sumtimes when im trying to annoy them. they think i say it for “dramatic attention” just so we will get in fights and evry1 asks me about it but i only say it when im really mad.

  • Marissa & Emma

    Marissa- haha well i never really used the word prick before to insult my guy friends but i guess now i will because they are! they always call me a slut and a whore and crap like that. so now if i need a good insult to tell theem off with ill use that. lmao.
    Emma- i say that word like i drink water. i only would use it for guys but for gurls i will use it sumtimes when im trying to annoy them. they think i say it for “dramatic attention” just so we will get in fights and evry1 asks me about it but i only say it when im really mad.

  • Marissa & Emma

    Marissa- haha well i never really used the word prick before to insult my guy friends but i guess now i will because they are! they always call me a slut and a whore and crap like that. so now if i need a good insult to tell theem off with ill use that. lmao.
    Emma- i say that word like i drink water. i only would use it for guys but for gurls i will use it sumtimes when im trying to annoy them. they think i say it for “dramatic attention” just so we will get in fights and evry1 asks me about it but i only say it when im really mad.

  • Marissa & Emma

    Marissa- haha well i never really used the word prick before to insult my guy friends but i guess now i will because they are! they always call me a slut and a whore and crap like that. so now if i need a good insult to tell theem off with ill use that. lmao.
    Emma- i say that word like i drink water. i only would use it for guys but for gurls i will use it sumtimes when im trying to annoy them. they think i say it for "dramatic attention" just so we will get in fights and evry1 asks me about it but i only say it when im really mad.

  • Marissa & Emma

    Marissa- haha well i never really used the word prick before to insult my guy friends but i guess now i will because they are! they always call me a slut and a whore and crap like that. so now if i need a good insult to tell theem off with ill use that. lmao.
    Emma- i say that word like i drink water. i only would use it for guys but for gurls i will use it sumtimes when im trying to annoy them. they think i say it for “dramatic attention” just so we will get in fights and evry1 asks me about it but i only say it when im really mad.

  • Marissa & Emma

    Marissa- haha well i never really used the word prick before to insult my guy friends but i guess now i will because they are! they always call me a slut and a whore and crap like that. so now if i need a good insult to tell theem off with ill use that. lmao.
    Emma- i say that word like i drink water. i only would use it for guys but for gurls i will use it sumtimes when im trying to annoy them. they think i say it for “dramatic attention” just so we will get in fights and evry1 asks me about it but i only say it when im really mad.

  • elisabeth

    well i had a ex and when i was talking to him he wanted to break up.so then i found out he was going with one of my best friends and i even kissed him and every thing i got so mad i never talked to him again and i still like him(after that he called me asking t get back but i said no y and he said because brittany broke up with me).and thats where i am right now trying to figure out if i should go out with him still