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 spiky (audio) \ adverb
spikiness \ ˈspī-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce spiky (audio) \ noun

Examples of spiky in a Sentence

a plant with spiky leaves He has a spiky personality.
Recent Examples on the Web The cyborg-like beast removed his spiky mask to reveal Fast & Furious actor, singer, and former model Tyrese Gibson. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 13 Aug. 2021 The cyborg-like beast removed his spiky mask to reveal Fast & Furious actor, singer, and former model Tyrese Gibson. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 13 Aug. 2021 With her spiky humor, warm curiosity and many food cravings, Frances is the book’s best, most endearing character. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021 In the men's park competition on Thursday, Oberholzer and Glifberg — with their spiky shocks of grey-flecked hair — will face skaters less than half their age. Star Tribune, 31 July 2021 In the men's park competition on Thursday, Oberholzer and Glifberg — with their spiky shocks of grey-flecked hair — will face skaters less than half their age. John Leicester, ajc, 31 July 2021 The fact that Siegfried, played by Samuel West, is still grieving his late wife adds a touch of poignancy to matters, too; most of the show’s gruff or spiky characters have a soft side. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Aug. 2021 The cyborg-like beast removed his spiky mask to reveal Fast & Furious actor, singer, and former model Tyrese Gibson. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 13 Aug. 2021 Inside was a beige, spiky lizard about the size of my forearm, illuminated by a strong orange light. Morgan Meis, The New Yorker, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of spiky

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

11 Sep 2021

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“Spiky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiky. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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