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
Examples of knotty in a Sentence
the knotty problems that arise when every nation is part of the global marketplace
the candidates cautiously gave their views on an array of knotty issues
Recent Examples of knotty from the Web
If period dramas concerned with the lives of kings and presidents and aristocrats show us the tapestry of historical narrative, then Harlots shows us its knotty reverse-side.
And that’s not the only hamlet at play here: Showrunner Kurt Sutter, who cut his teeth on The Shield, has made no secret of basing the show on Shakespeare’s knottiest tale of familial betrayal.
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KNOTTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of knotty for English Language Learners
of wood : having many dark round marks showing where branches grew : having many knots
: difficult or complicated
KNOTTY Defined for Kids
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