Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

prickly

play
adjective prick·ly \ˈpri-k(ə-)lē\

Simple Definition of prickly

  • : 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

prick·li·erprick·li·est

  1. 1 :  full of or covered with prickles; especially :  distinguished from related kinds by the presence of prickles

  2. 2 :  marked by prickling :  stinging <a prickly sensation>

  3. 3 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>



1578

First Known Use of prickly

1578

Other Seed Plant Terms

Rhymes with prickly


PRICKLY Defined for Kids

prickly

play
adjective prick·ly \ˈpri-klē\

Definition of prickly

prick·li·erprick·li·est

  1. 1 :  having small sharp points <a prickly cactus>

  2. 2 :  having or causing slight stinging pain <a prickly sensation> <prickly cold>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up prickly? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez kittly-benders duvet spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ