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thorny

[thawr-nee] /ˈθɔr ni/
adjective, thornier, thorniest.
1.
abounding in or characterized by thorns; spiny; prickly.
2.
3.
overgrown with thorns or brambles.
4.
painful; vexatious:
a thorny predicament.
5.
full of difficulties, complexities, or controversial points:
a thorny question.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English thornig. See thorn, -y1
Related forms
thornily, adverb
thorniness, noun
unthorny, adjective
Synonyms
5. tough, sticky, ticklish, perplexing.
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British Dictionary definitions for thorniness

thorny

/ˈθɔːnɪ/
adjective thornier, thorniest
1.
bearing or covered with thorns
2.
difficult or unpleasant a thorny problem
3.
sharp
Derived Forms
thornily, adverb
thorniness, noun
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