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
Gains by Democrats in the mid-terms could lead to pricklier supervision and more zealous enforcement of Dodd-Frank provisions.
Look out: Consciousness is so much bigger than the prickly little self.
In the midst of all this sunlight, in the midst of all this green, there’s the temptation to unsee your more difficult visions — the darkness, the danger, the wild prickly landscapes.
Would a power struggle not erupt at Vicarage Road between the new manager and the club's prickly owners?
Up close, the harpsichord can be a wild, prickly beast.
Duke is played, with reptile-dry, businesslike charm, by Topher Grace, but all of the performances here are terrific: Washingon and Driver play off one another with prickly breeziness and a kind of mutually protective bonhomie.
Condemnation of the photo has reignited a prickly debate in Germany about whether people with immigrant backgrounds are sufficiently committed to the country and its values.
Heat tends to make the rash much worse and the skin starts to become prickly.
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choleric, crabby, cranky, cross, crotchety, fiery, grouchy, grumpy, irascible, irritable, peevish, perverse, pettish, petulant, quick-tempered, raspy, short-tempered, snappish, snappy, snippy, stuffy, testy, waspish;
out of humor, out of sorts;
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
- a prickly cactus
- a prickly sensation
- prickly cold
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