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
Its hillsides and areas around the base are full of coastal sage scrub and prickly pear cacti, providing habitat for the California gnatcatcher and coastal cactus wren.
A chain smoker fond of Stetson hats, Colter was notoriously prickly.
But a growing fanbase often comes with prickly questions about compromising values and the sacrifices musicians are asked to make for success.
But the film truly belongs to Collins, who keeps her character convincingly prickly, vulnerable, and real throughout.
Elote, with a prickly pear cocktail at Cantina Alley in Midtown Sacramento.
What lingers for me is the prickly pear, which leaves you with a fruit-forward taste that perfectly compliments the smooth, dry finish.
Filled to the brim with towering monologues and laden with references to art and literature, Guare’s prickly masterpiece deals with problems of race, class, and isolation in biting, loquacious fashion.
As the ensuring debates got nastier, Frank got pricklier.
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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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