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THORNY (thornier, thorniest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does thorny mean? 

THORNY (adjective)
  The adjective THORNY has 2 senses:

1. bristling with perplexities
2. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

  Familiarity information: THORNY used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


THORNY (adjective)


Sense 1thorny [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bristling with perplexities

Context example:

the thorny question of states' rights

Similar:

difficult; hard (not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure)


Sense 2thorny [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

Synonyms:

burry; setose; burred; setaceous; bristled; briery; briary; barbellate; spiny; thorny; prickly; barbed; bristly

Context examples:

a horse with a short bristly mane / bristly shrubs / burred fruits / setaceous whiskers

Similar:

armed ((used of plants and animals) furnished with bristles and thorns)


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