spiky

adjective
\ˈspī-kē \
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 \ adverb
spikiness \ ˈspī-​kē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of spiky in a Sentence

a plant with spiky leaves He has a spiky personality.

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Think: Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘90s-era bleach blonde pixies and Victoria and David Beckham’s spiky noughties locks. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "What Justin Bieber’s Hair Says About His Engagement to Hailey Baldwin," 30 July 2018 Luckily, the baby isn't real, and is just a doll, but still: And in the second image, the same terrifying hand, with its long, spiky fingernails, covers the baby's mouth. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "American Horror Story Season 8 Has a Creepy New Title and Poster," 21 July 2018 In this score, Talma, who died in 1996, deftly combines spiky 12-tone writing with stretches of radiant violin lines that float atop sonorous piano harmonies. New York Times, "Review: A Tiny Garage Explodes in Pianistic Madness," 25 June 2018 After starting the prelude with daringly careful slowness — many conductors today favor a swifter, more natural flow — Mr. Petrenko unleashes waves of spiky, sparkling sound. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Sets Munich’s Ashen ‘Parsifal’ Aflame," 1 July 2018 The president is about 6-foot-2, and Mrs. Trump is near that in her spiky heels. Jill Colvin, BostonGlobe.com, "After Trump’s tumult, time for tea with the queen," 13 July 2018 Wearing a sleeveless multicolored dress by British fashion designer Victoria Beckham and spiky flesh-tone stilettos, Mrs. Trump appeared to take the game seriously and followed a boy’s advice on how to hold the ball. Washington Post, "Melania Trump dutifully tries her hand at lawn bowls," 13 July 2018 Wearing a sleeveless multicolored dress by British fashion designer Victoria Beckham and spiky flesh-tone stilettos, Mrs. Trump appeared to take the game seriously and followed a boy's advice on how to hold the ball. Sylvia Hui, Fox News, "Melania Trump dutifully tries her hand at lawn bowls," 13 July 2018 Buy Photo At the once-bustling Burlington Center mall, extinct department stores perch on the edge of a bleak asphalt sea, spiky weeds bob in the summer breeze, and some trees are dying as if from a plague. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "All sales final: N.J.'s 'worst' and 'saddest' shopping mall is going out of business," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of spiky

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near spiky

spiketop

spike tub

spikeweed

spiky

spiky Jack

Spilanthes

spile

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The first known use of spiky was in 1578

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spiky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of spiky

: having sharp points : formed into points

: tending to become angry or annoyed easily

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