adjective \ˈthr-nē\

: having a lot of thorns

: very difficult or complicated


Full Definition of THORNY

:  full of thorns
:  full of difficulties or controversial points :  ticklish <a thorny problem>
thorn·i·ness noun

Examples of THORNY

  1. <stay out of the thorny brambles unless you want a ton of scratches>
  2. <the candidate tried to avoid discussing his views on the thorny issue of abortion>

First Known Use of THORNY

before 12th century

Rhymes with THORNY


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