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spiky

[spahy-kee] /ˈspaɪ ki/
adjective, spikier, spikiest.
1.
having a spike or spikes.
2.
having the form of a spike; spikelike.
3.
acid or peevish in temper or mood; prickly.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; spike1 + -y1
Related forms
spikily, adverb
spikiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for spikiness

spiky

/ˈspaɪkɪ/
adjective spikier, spikiest
1.
resembling a spike
2.
having a spike or spikes
3.
(Brit, informal) ill-tempered
4.
characterized by violent or aggressive methods: spiky protestors
Derived Forms
spikily, adverb
spikiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spikiness

spiky

adj.

1720, from spike (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Spikiness.

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