knotty

[not-ee]

adjective, knot·ti·er, knot·ti·est.

having knots; full of knots: a knotty piece of wood.
involved, intricate, or difficult: a knotty problem.

Nearby words

  1. knothole,
  2. knotroot,
  3. knotted,
  4. knotter,
  5. knotting,
  6. knotty rhatany,
  7. knotweed,
  8. knotwork,
  9. knout,
  10. know

Origin of knotty

First recorded in 1200–50, knotty is from the Middle English word cnotti. See knot1, -y1

Related formsknot·ti·ly, adverbknot·ti·ness, nounun·knot·ty, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for knotty

knotty

adjective -tier or -tiest

(of wood, rope, etc) full of or characterized by knots
extremely difficult or intricate
Derived Formsknottily, adverbknottiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for knotty

knotty

adj.

mid-13c. (figurative use early 13c.), from knot (n.) + -y (2). Related: Knottiness.

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