Dictionary.com

thorny

[ thawr-nee ]
/ 藞胃蓴r ni /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: thorny / thorniness on Thesaurus.com

adjective, thorn路i路er, thorn路i路est.
abounding in or characterized by thorns; spiny; prickly.
overgrown with thorns or brambles.
painful; vexatious: a thorny predicament.
full of difficulties, complexities, or controversial points: a thorny question.

OTHER WORDS FOR thorny

5 tough, sticky, ticklish, perplexing.
QUIZ
CAN YOU ANSWER THESE COMMON GRAMMAR DEBATES?
There are grammar debates that never die; and the ones highlighted in the questions in this quiz are sure to rile everyone up once again. Do you know how to answer the questions that cause some of the greatest grammar debates?
Question 1 of 7
Which sentence is correct?

Origin of thorny

before 1000; Middle English; Old English thornig.See thorn, -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM thorny

thorn路i路ly, adverbthorn路i路ness, nounun路thorn路y, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use thorny in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for thorny

thorny
/ (藞胃蓴藧n瑟) /

adjective thornier or thorniest
bearing or covered with thorns
difficult or unpleasanta thorny problem
sharp

Derived forms of thorny

thornily, adverbthorniness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK