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prickly

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of prickly

  1. 1 causing an unpleasant tingling sensation she tried to ignore the feel of the prickly grass against her skin Synonyms of prickly irritating, itchy, scratchyWords Related to prickly coarse, harsh, roughNear Antonyms of prickly silken, silky, soft, soothing

  2. 2 easily irritated or annoyed she dreaded having to deal with her prickly boss Synonyms of prickly choleric, crabby, cranky, cross, crotchety, fiery, grouchy, grumpy, irascible, peevish, perverse, pettish, petulant, irritable, quick-tempered, raspy, ratty, short-tempered, snappish, snappy, snarky, snippety, snippy, stuffy, testy, waspishWords Related to prickly bearish, bilious, cantankerous, cross-grained, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, dyspeptic, ill-humored, ill-natured, ill-tempered, off-color (or off-colored), ornery, querulous, snarly, surly; argumentative, bellicose, belligerent, combative, contentious, disputatious, fractious, fretful, pugnacious, quarrelsome, scrappy, truculent; huffy, pouty, sensitive, short, sulky, sullen, tetchy, thin-skinned, touchy; hot-blooded, passionateNear Antonyms of prickly affable, companionable, cordial, extroverted (also extraverted), friendly, genial, gregarious, outgoing, sociable; agreeable, amiable, good-natured, good-tempered, sweet, well-disposed; carefree, easygoing, happy-go-lucky, relaxed; forbearing, long-suffering, obliging, patient, stoic (or stoical), tolerant, uncomplaining, understanding

  3. 3 having leaves or branches which are likely to cause a scratch waded carefully through the prickly bushes Synonyms of prickly brambly, scratchy, thistly, thornyWords Related to prickly burred; bristly, coarse, jagged, rough

  4. 4 requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling a prickly issue that will outrage at least one special interest if not handled delicately Synonyms of prickly catchy, delicate, difficult, dodgy [chiefly British], hairy, knotty, nasty, tricky, problematic (also problematical), sensitive, spiny, sticky, thorny, ticklish, touchy, tough, tricksyWords Related to prickly abstract, abstruse, complex, complicated, hard, intricate, involved, recondite, serious; problem, scabrous, stubborn, troublesome, troublous, vexatious, vexing, worrisome; burdensome, demanding, discommoding, exacting, exhausting, importunate, inconvenient, onerous, oppressive, painful, stressfulNear Antonyms of prickly easy, effortless, manageable, painless, simple, straightforward, uncomplicated, undemanding, unproblematic



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