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adjective prick·ly \ˈpri-k(ə-)lē\

Definition of prickly

pricklier

prickliest

  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>

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>

1578

First Known Use of prickly

1578

Other Seed Plant Terms


PRICKLY Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective prick·ly \ˈpri-k(ə-)lē\

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

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adjective prick·ly \ˈpri-klē\

Definition of prickly for Students

pricklier

prickliest

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

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



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