adjective, prick·li·er, prick·li·est.
- prickle cell,
- prickle cell layer,
- prickly ash,
- prickly heat,
- prickly pear,
- prickly poppy,
Origin of prickly
Examples from the Web for prickly
She used electrolysis to banish the prickly hair from her delicate face.
I missed Don's chiseled mug and Roger's blithe wisecracks and Peggy's prickly chutzpah.Mad Men’s Dramatic Déjà Vu: ‘Time Zones’ Feels Redundant|Andrew Romano|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Children are not idealized: they are resourceful but prickly, cunning but confused.Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’: An Anime Icon Bows Out|Andrew Romano|November 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Music critic and former MTV News anchor Kurt Loder pays tribute to the prickly, brilliant Velvet Underground front man.
This is one of those shot-across-the-bow editorials, but of an especially intense and prickly sort.
Well, you'd a died to see dad get up out of that prickly cactus and take the lead for good old Rome.Peck's Bad Boy Abroad|George W. Peck
It would, he felt, be so refreshing—so delicious after the hot night and the sensations of prickly heat.Rob Harlow's Adventures|George Manville Fenn
The moment the holding of Constantinople comes along the French and the Russians will be very jealous and prickly.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
The sun grew hotter with every hour's travel; the trail became more dusty; the prickly sage looked more browned and withered.On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck|R. Pitcher Woodward
It is like requesting me to smile sweetly when grasping the fruit of a chestnut tree which wears a prickly overcoat.The House of the Misty Star|Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
adjective -lier or -liest
1570s, "spiny, armed with prickles" (originally of holly leaves), from prickle (n.) + -y (2). Figurative sense of "irritable" first recorded 1862. Prickly heat is from 1736, so called for the sensation; prickly pear is from 1760 (earlier prickle pear, 1610s). Related: Prickliness.