prickly

[ prik-lee ]
/ ˈprɪk li /

adjective, prick·li·er, prick·li·est.

full of or armed with prickles.
full of troublesome points: a prickly problem.
prickling; smarting: a prickly sensation.

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Origin of prickly

First recorded in 1570–80; prickle + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM prickly

prick·li·ness, nounun·prick·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prickly

prickly
/ (ˈprɪklɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

having or covered with prickles
stinging or tingling
bad-tempered or irritable
full of difficulties; knottya prickly problem

Derived forms of prickly

prickliness, noun
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