adjective, knot·ti·er, knot·ti·est.
Origin of knotty
Related formsknot·ti·ly, adverbknot·ti·ness, nounun·knot·ty, adjective
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.
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?|Matthew Tiffany|August 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The problem was a knotty one, for as Bellefont was still of sub-stature the means of correction were limited.The Varmint|Owen Johnson
This is the knotty problem which Savigny encouraged us to attack, but which we have hitherto failed to unravel.The Two First Centuries of Florentine History|Pasquale Villari
Old-fashioned pigmen remove the hard and knotty fces by the aid of the finger.The Pig|Sanders Spencer
In the sawing of blocks there would always be some too knotty or gnarled to split into shingles.Home Life in Colonial Days|Alice Morse Earle
But at length she came to a 'knotty point' in what she was writing.And Even Now|Max Beerbohm