spiky

adjective
\ ˈspī-kē How to pronounce spiky (audio) \
variants: or less commonly spikey
spikier; spikiest

Definition of spiky

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by spikes spiky barbed wire
2 : sharply irritating or acerbic (as in temper or manner)

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Other Words from spiky

spikily \ ˈspī-​kə-​lē How to pronounce spikily (audio) \ adverb
spikiness \ ˈspī-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce spikiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of spiky in a Sentence

a plant with spiky leaves He has a spiky personality.
Recent Examples on the Web But the decision of a parliamentary committee to rule out two nominees before the full hearings had even started, an unprecedented move, suggests that the parliament’s vetting process will be even spikier this time round. The Economist, "Two European Commission nominees fall at the first hurdle," 3 Oct. 2019 Asp caterpillars, or Megalopyge opercularis, are covered with hundreds of spiky needles that upon touching can cause severe allergic reactions, paralysis and sometimes, even death. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "It's officially asp season in Houston: Here's everything to know about the venomous caterpillars," 30 Oct. 2019 Harrelson’s Biden is glossy and spiky, flashing a set of eerie pearly whites and speaking in nonsensical truisms. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Woody Harrelson Is a Surprisingly Effective Joe Biden for SNL," 13 Oct. 2019 But their initially spiky dynamic quickly becomes the movie’s narrative thrust and emotional center. Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, "‘Give Me Liberty’ review: A medical transport van welcomes all," 12 Sep. 2019 Brown told the spiky-haired musician, a vodka cranberry. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "The saga of a Southern, ‘Cherry Pie’ video-vixen," 28 Aug. 2019 But their initially spiky dynamic quickly becomes the movie’s narrative thrust and emotional center. Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, "‘Give Me Liberty’ review: A medical transport van welcomes all," 12 Sep. 2019 Other, lower-living species—showy gentians, a spiky aster relative called Chuquiraga, purple lupines—had moved upslope by an average of more than 500 meters since 1802. Tim Appenzeller, Science | AAAS, "Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable," 11 Sep. 2019 The spiky plastic needles wouldn’t make very good nests, and most animals are not religious enough to want a holiday tree in their burrows. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Did an animal take part of a Christmas tree from an Alamo backyard?," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of spiky

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Spiky.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spikey. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for spiky

spiky

adjective
How to pronounce spiky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of spiky

: having sharp points : formed into points
British, informal : tending to become angry or annoyed easily

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