spiny

adjective \ ˈspī-nē \
Updated on: 6 May 2018

Definition of spiny

spinier; spiniest
1 : abounding with difficulties, obstacles, or annoyances : thorny
  • spiny problems
2 : covered or armed with spines; broadly : bearing spines, prickles, or thorns
3 : slender and pointed like a spine

spininess

noun

Examples of spiny in a Sentence

  1. this promises to be a spiny problem to negotiate

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First Known Use of spiny

1586

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SPINY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of spiny for English Language Learners

  • : having or covered with many sharp, pointed parts


SPINY Defined for Kids

spiny

adjective \ ˈspī-nē \

Definition of spiny for Students

spinier; spiniest
: covered with spines


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