Thornily

thorny

[thawr-nee]
adjective, thornier, thorniest.
1.
abounding in or characterized by thorns; spiny; prickly.
3.
overgrown with thorns or brambles.
4.
painful; vexatious: a thorny predicament.
5.
full of difficulties, complexities, or controversial points: a thorny question.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English thornig. See thorn, -y1

thornily, adverb
thorniness, noun
unthorny, adjective


5. tough, sticky, ticklish, perplexing.
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thorny (ˈθɔːnɪ)
 
adj , thornier, thorniest
1.  bearing or covered with thorns
2.  difficult or unpleasant: a thorny problem
3.  sharp
 
'thornily
 
adv
 
'thorniness
 
n

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