adjective knot·ty \ˈnä-tē\

of wood : having many dark round marks showing where branches grew : having many knots

: difficult or complicated


Full Definition of KNOTTY

:  marked by or full of knots; especially :  so full of difficulties and complications as to be likely to defy solution <a knotty problem>
knot·ti·ness noun

Examples of KNOTTY

  1. <the knotty problems that arise when every nation is part of the global marketplace>
  2. <the candidates cautiously gave their views on an array of knotty issues>

First Known Use of KNOTTY

13th century

Synonym Discussion of KNOTTY

complex, complicated, intricate, involved, knotty mean having confusingly interrelated parts. complex suggests the unavoidable result of a necessary combining and does not imply a fault or failure <a complex recipe>. complicated applies to what offers great difficulty in understanding, solving, or explaining <complicated legal procedures>. intricate suggests such interlacing of parts as to make it nearly impossible to follow or grasp them separately <an intricate web of deceit>. involved implies extreme complication and often disorder <a rambling, involved explanation>. knotty suggests complication and entanglement that make solution or understanding improbable <knotty ethical questions>.

Rhymes with KNOTTY

KNOTTIEST Defined for Kids


adjective knot·ty \ˈnä-tē\

Definition of KNOTTY for Kids

:  full of lumps, knobs, tangles, or hard spots <knotty muscles> <knotty wood>
:  difficult 3 <a knotty problem>


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