spiky

[spahy-kee]
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Origin of spiky

First recorded in 1570–80; spike1 + -y1
Related formsspik·i·ly, adverbspik·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for spiky

spiky

adjective spikier or spikiest
  1. resembling a spike
  2. having a spike or spikes
  3. British informal ill-tempered
  4. characterized by violent or aggressive methodsspiky protestors
Derived Formsspikily, adverbspikiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spiky
adj.

1720, from spike (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Spikiness.

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