Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tailor; a lousy person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tailor; -- so called in contempt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tailor: so called in contempt. Also prick-the-louse.

Etymologies

From prick +‎ louse. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It can be vividly concentrated into a single word, as when, for instance, the chronicler of _The Ten Pleasures of Marriage_ revives the opprobrious term for a tailor -- "pricklouse": the whole history of the English woollen industry and of the stuffy Tudor and Stuart domestic architecture is in the nickname.

    The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the Second Part, The Confession of the New Married Couple

  • Ask the neighbours when you come home, and you will quickly hear, that by them was no thought of care or sorrow; but that they have plaied, ranted and domineer'd so that the whole neighbourhood rung with it; and how they have played their parts either with some dried Baker, pricklouse

    The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the Second Part, The Confession of the New Married Couple

  • Kelly attaches a meaningless remark to this proverb -- "An answer of a tailor to him that calls him pricklouse."

    The Proverbs of Scotland

  • I calling her beggar, and she me pricklouse, which vexed me

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

  • So up and to my office (being come to some angry words with my wife about neglecting the keeping of the house clean, I calling her beggar, and she me pricklouse, which vexed me) and there all the morning.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

  • Count Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders as the lone Independent, and the region's congressional breakdown, out of thirty-four seats, looks like this: twenty-nine Democrats, three Republicans, one independent, and one (I can only hope) soon-to-be-deprivileged pricklouse.

    Mockingbird's Medley

  • (Four Republicans if you include pricklouse extraordinaire Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.)

    Mockingbird's Medley

  • I calling her beggar, and she me pricklouse, which vexed me) and there all the morning.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, May/Jun 1663

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