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
But, mostly, senators were caught off guard — rattled by the delay and by the knotty policy disagreements.
Rooms are full of knotty pine flooring, platform beds, polished gold sconces, nightstands born out of tree stumps, and woven tapestries—plus, luxurious free-standing soaking tubs.
Come for the weird tech, but stay for a knotty, philosophical exploration that rejects easy good-versus-evil conflicts.
With a combination of contemporary design and rustic Texas charm, the property boasts materials including Oklahoma river stone, Northwestern white cedar ceilings and knotty-pine floors.
If period dramas concerned with the lives of kings and presidents show us a historical tapestry, then Harlots shows us its knotty reverse-side.
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.
Her musical, like her cartoon strip, engages knotty questions about competition for power and sympathy within different queer subcommunities.
Presumably, his forthcoming ruminations will be knotty.
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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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