variants or less commonly spikey
spikier; spikiest
: of, relating to, or characterized by spikes
spiky barbed wire
: sharply irritating or acerbic (as in temper or manner)
spikily adverb
spikiness noun

Example Sentences

a plant with spiky leaves He has a spiky personality.
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Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spiky was in 1578

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Cite this Entry

“Spiky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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variants also spikey
spikier; spikiest
: of, relating to, or characterized by spikes
spiky barbed wire
spikiness noun

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