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Thorny vs. Prickly

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Thornyadjective

having thorns or spines

Pricklyadjective

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.’;

Thornyadjective

(figuratively) troublesome or vexatious

Pricklyadjective

Easily irritated.

‘He has a prickly personality. He doesn't get along with people because he is easily set off.’;

Thornyadjective

aloof and irritable

Pricklyadjective

Difficult; complicated; (figuratively) hairy or thorny.

‘It was a prickly situation.’;

Thornyadjective

Full of thorns or spines; rough with thorns; spiny; as, a thorny wood; a thorny tree; a thorny crown.

Pricklyadverb

In a prickly manner.

Thornyadjective

Like a thorn or thorns; hence, figuratively, troublesome; vexatious; harassing; perplexing.

‘The steep and thorny way to heaven.’;

Pricklynoun

(colloquial) Something that gives a pricking sensation; a sharp object.

Thornyadjective

bristling with perplexities;

‘the thorny question of states' rights’;

Pricklyadjective

Full of sharp points or prickles; armed or covered with prickles; as, a prickly shrub.

Thornyadjective

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’;

Pricklyadjective

very irritable;

‘bristly exchanges between the White House and the press’; ‘he became prickly and spiteful’; ‘witty and waspish about his colleagues’;

Pricklyadjective

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’;

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