[ this-lee, -uh-lee ]
/ ˈθɪs li, -ə li /


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. 2020

Examples from the Web for thistly

  • 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.