[this-lee, -uh-lee]


filled with or having many thistles.
suggesting a growth of thistles, especially in being difficult or painful to handle: a thistly set of problems.

Origin of thistly

First recorded in 1590–1600; thistle + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thistly

Historical Examples of thistly

  • In this valley there were the most beautiful flowers, mallows, chrysanthemums, and thistly plants.

  • Perhaps it was the thistly food he ate which had an effect upon his temper and made him the awkward creature he had grown.

    Dick o' the Fens

    George Manville Fenn