thorny

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adjective \ ˈthȯr-nē \

Definition of thorny

thornier; thorniest
1 :full of thorns
2 :full of difficulties or controversial points :ticklish
  • a thorny problem

thorniness

noun

Examples of thorny in a Sentence

  1. stay out of the thorny brambles unless you want a ton of scratches

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First Known Use of thorny

before 12th century


THORNY Defined for English Language Learners

thorny

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adjective

Definition of thorny for English Language Learners

  • : having a lot of thorns

  • : very difficult or complicated


THORNY Defined for Kids

thorny

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adjective \ ˈthȯr-nē \

Definition of thorny for Students

thornier; thorniest
1 :full of or covered with thorns
2 :full of difficulties
  • a thorny situation


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