adjective \ˈpri-k(ə-)lē\

: having many sharp points

: caused or seeming to be caused by something that has many small, sharp points

: causing a prickly feeling on your skin


Full Definition of PRICKLY

:  full of or covered with prickles; especially :  distinguished from related kinds by the presence of prickles
:  marked by prickling :  stinging <a prickly sensation>
a :  troublesome, vexatious <prickly issues>
b :  easily irritated <had a prickly disposition>
prick·li·ness noun

Examples of PRICKLY

  1. The plant's leaves are prickly.
  2. <she tried to ignore the feel of the prickly grass against her skin>

First Known Use of PRICKLY


Related to PRICKLY

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

Rhymes with PRICKLY


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