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thorn·y

 (thôr′nē)
adj. thorn·i·er, thorn·i·est
1. Having many thorns or abounding in thorn-covered vegetation: thorny shrubs; a thorny landscape.
2. Spiny or prickly.
3. Controversial, problematic, or vexatious: avoided discussing thorny issues during the meeting.

thorn′i·ly adv.
thorn′i·ness n.

thorny

(ˈθɔːnɪ)
adj, thornier or thorniest
1. (Botany) bearing or covered with thorns
2. difficult or unpleasant: a thorny problem.
3. sharp
ˈthornily adv
ˈthorniness n

thorn•y

(ˈθɔr ni)

adj. i•er, i•est.
1. full of or characterized by thorns; prickly.
2. thornlike.
3. painful; vexatious: a thorny predicament.
4. full of difficulties, complexities, or controversial points: a thorny question.
[before 1000]
thorn′i•ly, adv.
thorn′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.thorny - bristling with perplexities; "the thorny question of states' rights"
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.thorny - having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.thorny - having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.; "a horse with a short bristly mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous whiskers"
armed - (used of plants and animals) furnished with bristles and thorns

thorny

adjective
1. prickly, spiky, spiny, pointed, sharp, barbed, bristly, spinous, bristling with thorns thorny hawthorn trees
2. troublesome, difficult, problematic(al), trying, hard, worrying, tough, upsetting, awkward, unpleasant, sticky (informal), harassing, irksome, ticklish, vexatious the thorny issue of immigration policy

thorny

adjective
1. Full of sharp needlelike protuberances:
2. So replete with interlocking points and complications as to be painfully irritating:
Translations
شائِكصَعْب، عَويص، شائِك
palčivýtrnitý
vanskelig
erfiîuròyrnóttur
pálčivýtŕni tý
belâlıdikenligüçlüklerle dolu

thorny

[ˈθɔːnɪ] ADJ (thornier (compar) (thorniest (superl))) (lit, fig) → espinoso

thorny

[ˈθɔːrni] adj
[plant, tree] → épineux/euse
[problem, issue] → épineux/euse

thorny

adj (+er) (lit)dornig, dornenreich; (fig)haarig

thorny

[ˈθɔːnɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) → irto/a di spine (fig) (tricky) → spinoso/a, scabroso/a

thorn

(θoːn) noun
a hard, sharp point sticking out from the stem of certain plants. She pricked her finger on a thorn.
ˈthorny adjective
1. full of or covered with thorns. a thorny branch.
2. difficult, causing trouble etc. a thorny problem.
References in classic literature ?
Gummidge did her sweetheart, throw cold water over him, and get so thorny no one dares touch or look at you.
The front yard was enclosed by a thorny locust hedge, and at the gate grew two silvery, mothlike trees of the mimosa family.
This is you, who have been as slippery as an eel this last month, and as thorny as a briar-rose?
The world is a thorny wilderness, my daughter, and its thorns are watered with a rain of blood, and we wander in our wretchedness like lost travellers in a mist; nor do I know why our feet are set on this wandering.
Now he leaped up and down within the safety of his own tree, screaming taunts and boasts at the discomfited Numa, while the boy, torn and bleeding, sought some position in his thorny retreat in which he might find the least agony.
But this night our feet must tread in thorny paths, or later, and for ever, the feet you love must walk in paths of flame
I remember a growth of thorny plants, with spines that stabbed like pen-knives.
By the time Dinah had undressed and put on her night-gown, this feeling about Hetty had gathered a painful intensity; her imagination had created a thorny thicket of sin and sorrow, in which she saw the poor thing struggling torn and bleeding, looking with tears for rescue and finding none.
The common purple, on a low and very thorny bush; a yellow kind, of an excellent flavor, growing on a stock free from thorns; and a deep purple, of the size and taste of our winter grape, with a thorny stalk.
There is no short cut, no patent tram-road, to wisdom: after all the centuries of invention, the soul's path lies through the thorny wilderness which must be still trodden in solitude, with bleeding feet, with sobs for help, as it was trodden by them of old time.
All these things we collected together in the clearing, and as a first precaution, we cut down with our hatchet and knives a number of thorny bushes, which we piled round in a circle some fifteen yards in diameter.
And thorny crown of this sad conception was that she whom he really did prefer in a cursory way to the rest, she who knew herself to be more impassioned in nature, cleverer, more beautiful than they, was in the eyes of propriety far less worthy of him than the homelier ones whom he ignored.