prickly

adjective prick·ly \ ˈpri-k(ə-)lē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of prickly

pricklier; prickliest
1 :full of or covered with prickles; especially :distinguished from related kinds by the presence of prickles
2 :marked by prickling :stinging
  • a prickly sensation
3 a :troublesome, vexatious
  • prickly issues
b :easily irritated
  • had a prickly disposition

prickliness

noun

Examples of prickly in a Sentence

  1. The plant's leaves are prickly.

  2. she tried to ignore the feel of the prickly grass against her skin

Recent Examples of prickly from the Web

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First Known Use of prickly

1578

prickly Synonyms

Synonyms
irritating, itchy, scratchy
Related Words
coarse, harsh, rough
Near Antonyms
silken, silky, soft, soothing

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PRICKLY Defined for English Language Learners

prickly

adjective

Definition of prickly for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PRICKLY Defined for Kids

prickly

adjective prick·ly \ ˈpri-klē \

Definition of prickly for Students

pricklier; prickliest
1 :having small sharp points
  • a prickly cactus
2 :having or causing slight stinging pain
  • a prickly sensation
  • prickly cold


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