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knotty

[not-ee] /ˈnɒt i/
adjective, knottier, knottiest.
1.
having knots; full of knots:
a knotty piece of wood.
2.
involved, intricate, or difficult:
a knotty problem.
Origin of knotty
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English cnotti. See knot1, -y1
Related forms
knottily, adverb
knottiness, noun
unknotty, adjective
Synonyms
2. complex, complicated.
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knotty

/ˈnɒtɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
(of wood, rope, etc) full of or characterized by knots
2.
extremely difficult or intricate
Derived Forms
knottily, adverb
knottiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for knotty
adj.

mid-13c. (figurative use early 13c.), from knot (n.) + -y (2). Related: Knottiness.

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