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knotty

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adjective knot·ty \ˈnä-tē\

Simple Definition of knotty

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

  • : difficult or complicated

Full Definition of knotty

knot·ti·erknot·ti·est

  1. :  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>



13th Century

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


KNOTTY Defined for Kids

knotty

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adjective knot·ty \ˈnä-tē\

Definition of knotty

knot·ti·erknot·ti·est

  1. 1 :  full of lumps, knobs, tangles, or hard spots <knotty muscles> <knotty wood>

  2. 2 :  difficult 3 <a knotty problem>





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