See more synonyms for knotty on Thesaurus.com adjective, knot·ti·er, knot·ti·est.
- having knots; full of knots: a knotty piece of wood.
- involved, intricate, or difficult: a knotty problem.
Origin of knotty
Related formsknot·ti·ly, adverbknot·ti·ness, nounun·knot·ty, adjective
First recorded in 1200–50, knotty
is from the Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for knottiness
adjective -tier or -tiestDerived Formsknottily, adverbknottiness, noun
- (of wood, rope, etc) full of or characterized by knots
- extremely difficult or intricate
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Word Origin and History for knottiness
mid-13c. (figurative use early 13c.), from knot (n.) + -y (2). Related: Knottiness.
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