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knot·ty

 (nŏt′ē)
adj. knot·ti·er, knot·ti·est
1. Tied or snarled in knots.
2. Covered with knots or knobs; gnarled.
3. Difficult to understand or solve: "[The columnist] supplies funny, wise responses to knotty ethical dilemmas posed by readers" (David Pogue).

knot′ti·ness n.

knotty

(ˈnɒtɪ)
adj, -tier or -tiest
1. (of wood, rope, etc) full of or characterized by knots
2. extremely difficult or intricate
ˈknottily adv
ˈknottiness n

knot•ty

(ˈnɒt i)

adj. -ti•er, -ti•est.
1. having or full of knots.
2. involved, intricate, or difficult.
[1200–50]
knot′ti•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.knotty - making great mental demandsknotty - making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"
difficult, hard - not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
2.knotty - used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots; "gnarled and knotted hands"; "a knobbed stick"
crooked - having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned; "crooked country roads"; "crooked teeth"
3.knotty - highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious; "the Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"
complex - complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts; "a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"
4.knotty - tangled in knots or snarls; "a mass of knotted string"; "snarled thread"
tangled - in a confused mass; "pushed back her tangled hair"; "the tangled ropes"

knotty

adjective
1. puzzling, hard, difficult, complex, complicated, tricky, baffling, intricate, troublesome, perplexing, mystifying, thorny, problematical The new management team faces some knotty problems.
2. knotted, rough, rugged, bumpy, gnarled, knobby, nodular the knotty trunk of a hawthorn tree

knotty

adjective
Translations
صَعب ، مُعَقَّدمُعَقَّد، مَليء بالعُقَد
indvikletknudret
hnútóttur, hnÿttur; kvistótturtorleystur
hrčavý
düğüm düğümdüğümlüzor

knotty

[ˈnɒtɪ] ADJ (knottier (compar) (knottiest (superl))) [wood] → nudoso (fig) [problem] → espinoso

knotty

[ˈnɒti] adj
[problem, question] → épineux/euse
[wood, trunk] → noueux/euse

knotty

adj (+er) woodastreich, knorrig; veins, ropeknotig; problemverwickelt, verzwickt (inf)

knotty

[ˈnɒtɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (wood) → nodoso/a (fig) (problem) → spinoso/a

knot

(not) noun
1. a lump or join made in string, rope etc by twisting the ends together and drawing tight the loops formed. She fastened the string round the parcel, tying it with a knot.
2. a lump in wood at the join between a branch and the trunk. This wood is full of knots.
3. a group or gathering. a small knot of people
4. a measure of speed for ships (about 1.85 km per hour).
verbpast tense, past particple ˈknotted
to tie in a knot. He knotted the rope around the post.
ˈknotty adjective
1. containing knots.
2. (of a problem etc) difficult. a knotty problem.
References in classic literature ?
He must once have been a very strong man, but now his great frame, with big, knotty joints, had a wasted look, and the skin was drawn tight over his high cheekbones.
The searching look of the eyes, the sharp voice, the hard knotty fingers, the thin straight lips, the long silences, the "front- piece" that didn't match her hair, the very obvious "parting" that seemed sewed in with linen thread on black net,--there was not a single item that appealed to Rebecca.
Its grey front stood out well from the background of a rookery, whose cawing tenants were now on the wing: they flew over the lawn and grounds to alight in a great meadow, from which these were separated by a sunk fence, and where an array of mighty old thorn trees, strong, knotty, and broad as oaks, at once explained the etymology of the mansion's designation.
There sat old Mazey, with his spectacles low on his nose, and his knotty old hands blundering over the rigging of his model ship.
Two or three times, the matter in hand became so knotty, that the jackal found it imperative on him to get up, and steep his towels anew.
Trot, I tell you what, my dear,' said my aunt, one morning in the Christmas season when I left school: 'as this knotty point is still unsettled, and as we must not make a mistake in our decision if we can help it, I think we had better take a little breathing-time.
It was great and knotty, black as iron that had been smoked in the fire, and shod with metal that was worn smooth with smiting.
He is a man of shrewdness and sympathy, with a rare sagacity in solving knotty problems, a president of the new type, who regards his work as a sort of obligation he owes to the public.
Finally, leading him out of the church they carried him to the judgment seat and seated him on it, and the duke's majordomo said to him, "It is an ancient custom in this island, senor governor, that he who comes to take possession of this famous island is bound to answer a question which shall be put to him, and which must he a somewhat knotty and difficult one; and by his answer the people take the measure of their new governor's wit, and hail with joy or deplore his arrival accordingly.
The path coiled down abruptly into a narrow ravine between two tumbled and knotty masses of blackish scoria.
At first I offered her the same help which I had always found it necessary to confer on the others; I began with unloosing for her each knotty point, but I soon discovered that such help was regarded by my new pupil as degrading; she recoiled from it with a certain proud impatience.
Many years had passed away since the time of Sam's youthful adventure, and the snows of many a winter had grizzled the knotty wool upon his head.