adjective, pricklier, prickliest.
full of or armed with prickles.
full of troublesome points: a prickly problem.
prickling; smarting: a prickly sensation.

1570–80; prickle + -y1

prickliness, noun
unprickly, adjective Unabridged
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prickly (ˈprɪklɪ)
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  having or covered with prickles
2.  stinging or tingling
3.  bad-tempered or irritable
4.  full of difficulties; knotty: a prickly problem

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Example sentences
He pulled down a handful of prickly husks and went on eating the contents.
The only way up is to walk-over loose rock, past prickly brush and
  rattlesnakes-with frequent pauses to catch one's breath.
It is impossible to tell at the moment, but it certainly would have made mating
  an prickly prospect for these animals.
Gift guide: the perfect present for prickly friends.
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