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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.
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