The state or quality of being prickly.
Covered with sharp points.
‘The prickly pear is a cactus; you have to peel it before eating it to remove the spines and the tough skin.’;
The quality of being prickly, or of having many prickles.
‘He has a prickly personality. He doesn't get along with people because he is easily set off.’;
Difficult; complicated; (figuratively) hairy or thorny.
‘It was a prickly situation.’;
In a prickly manner.
(colloquial) Something that gives a pricking sensation; a sharp object.
Full of sharp points or prickles; armed or covered with prickles; as, a prickly shrub.
‘bristly exchanges between the White House and the press’; ‘he became prickly and spiteful’; ‘witty and waspish about his colleagues’;
having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.;
‘a horse with a short bristly mane’; ‘bristly shrubs’; ‘burred fruits’; ‘setaceous whiskers’;