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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 ?
As for the passions, and studies of the mind; avoid envy, anxious fears; anger fretting inwards; subtle and knotty inquisitions; joys and exhilarations in excess; sadness not communicated.
It is but a superficial mode of examining into this question to begin with the place and the people; for it may happen that these may be divided from that, or that some one of them may live in one place, and some in another (but this question may be regarded as no very knotty one; for, as a city may acquire that appellation on many accounts, it may be solved many ways); and in like manner, when men inhabit one common place, when shall we say that they inhabit the same city, or that the city is the same?
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.
But I'm made of knotty Aroostook hemlock; I don't budge.
He rolled his knotty eyes from side to side, taking a first wondering view of the world in which he had now so important an existence.
Blood stood upon bruises on his knotty fore-arms where they had scraped against the floor or the walls in the scuffle.
And the discussion of a knotty point in the court of conscience.
I looked, too, at the seamen with the skiff -- big brown fellows, some in shirts, some with jackets, some with coloured handkerchiefs about their throats, one with a brace of pistols stuck into his pockets, two or three with knotty bludgeons, and all with their case-knives.
As he turned his swarthy countenance eastward, and shaded his light gray eyes from the sun, his knotty hand plainly revealed that it had got him his living by its own labor at one time or another in his life.
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.
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.
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.