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thorny

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/ 藞胃蓴r ni /
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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.
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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
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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
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