[ this-lee, -uh-lee ]
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  1. filled with or having many thistles.

  2. 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

Words Nearby thistly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use thistly in a sentence

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