Origin of knotty
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Related Wordstricky, mystifying, perplexing, puzzling, sticky, thorny, complicated, baffling, complex, difficult, elaborate, formidable, hard, intricate, involved, labyrinthine, rough, rugged, sophisticated, terrible
Examples from the Web for knotty
For anyone looking to dive into the big, knotty history of one of the most iconic states, this book is well worth the time.How Religion Turned Texas Red
August 20, 2014
The profession remains a knotty tangle of influences and causations and aggravations and insurers.Is Psychiatry Being Stumped By the Mental Illnesses It Has to Treat?
August 10, 2013
The Sun reported this answer to his council, who debated the question, which was knotty.
Its bark is more rough and knotty than that of the palm-tree.
If any of them (as sometimes they are) be knotty, I referre them to Chap.A New Orchard And Garden
He had always meant to settle for himself that knotty question.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Then when it did come, it was crooked and knotty, much of it such as a woman could not split.
- (of wood, rope, etc) full of or characterized by knots
- extremely difficult or intricate
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Word Origin and History for knotty
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