Definition of prickly
Examples of prickly in a Sentence
The plant's leaves are prickly.
she tried to ignore the feel of the prickly grass against her skin
Recent Examples of prickly from the Web
As the ensuring debates got nastier, Frank got pricklier.
Somebody has a nest on the ground here, and somebody is pretty prickly about it.
Busch always has been a bit of a prickly pear but has simmered down somewhat in recent years.
The U.S. president heads home after his first trip abroad without having held a press conference, marking a new low for his prickly relations with media.
Gianforte has a reputation in Montana political circles for being prickly, and has been known to be especially testy with reporters.
Instead, Ballmer said companies like Sun Microsystems, whose relationship with Microsoft is notoriously prickly, would dedicate themselves to frustrating Microsoft engineers.
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First Known Use of prickly
PRICKLY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of prickly for Students
1 : having small sharp points a prickly cactus
2 : having or causing slight stinging pain a prickly sensation prickly cold
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