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prick·ly

 (prĭk′lē)
adj. prick·li·er, prick·li·est
1. Having prickles.
2. Prickling or tingling or smarting: a prickly sensation in my foot.
3.
a. Causing trouble or vexation; thorny: a prickly situation.
b. Bristling or irritable: "In consequence, he became rebarbative, prickly, spiteful" (Robert Craft).

prick′li·ness n.

prickly

(ˈprɪklɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
1. (Botany) having or covered with prickles
2. stinging or tingling
3. bad-tempered or irritable
4. full of difficulties; knotty: a prickly problem.
ˈprickliness n

prick•ly

(ˈprɪk li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est.
1. full of or armed with prickles.
2. full of troublesome points: a prickly problem.
3. prickling; smarting: a prickly sensation.
4. irritable; touchy.
[1570–80]
prick′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prickly - very irritable; "bristly exchanges between the White House and the press"; "he became prickly and spiteful"; "witty and waspish about his colleagues"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
2.prickly - having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.prickly - 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

prickly

adjective
1. spiny, barbed, thorny, bristly, brambly, briery The grass was prickly and damp.
2. itchy, sharp, smarting, stinging, crawling, pricking, tingling, scratchy, prickling a hot prickly feeling at the back of her eyes
3. irritable, edgy, grumpy, touchy, bad-tempered, fractious, petulant, stroppy (Brit. slang), cantankerous, tetchy, ratty (Brit. & N.Z. informal), chippy (informal), waspish, shirty (slang, chiefly Brit.), peevish, snappish, liverish, pettish You know how prickly she can be.
4. difficult, complicated, tricky, trying, involved, intricate, troublesome, thorny, knotty, ticklish The issue is likely to prove a prickly one.

prickly

adjective
1. Full of sharp needlelike protuberances:
2. So replete with interlocking points and complications as to be painfully irritating:
Translations
شائِك، شَوْكيمُسَبِّبٌ للوَخْز
palčivýtrnitý
òyrnóttur; broddótturstingandi; svíîandi
tŕnistý
bodičast
dikenliiğne gibi bataniğnelikarıncalandıran

prickly

[ˈprɪklɪ]
A. ADJ (pricklier (compar) (prickliest (superl)))
1. (= spiky) → espinoso
2. (fig) [person] → enojadizo
he's rather prickly about thatsobre ese tema es algo quisquilloso
B. CPD prickly heat N (Med) → sarpullido m (causado por exceso de calor)
prickly pear N (= plant) → chumbera f, nopal m (LAm); (= fruit) → higo m chumbo, tuna f (LAm)

prickly

[ˈprɪkli] adj
[texture] → piquant(e)
[person] (= touchy) → irritableprickly heat nfièvre f miliaireprickly pear nfigue f de Barbarie

prickly

adj (+er)
plant, fish, animalstach(e)lig; beard, materialkratzig; sensationstechend; (= tingling)prickelnd (also fig)
(fig) personbissig; woman alsokratzbürstig (inf); as prickly as a hedgehogstachelig wie ein Igel
(= sore) eyesschmerzend, gereizt

prickly

:
prickly ash
n (Bot) → Stachelesche f
prickly heat
nHitzepocken pl
prickly pear
n (= plant)Feigenkaktus m; (= fruit)Kaktusfeige f

prickly

[ˈprɪklɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl)))
a. (plant) → spinoso/a; (animal) → pieno/a di spine; (beard) → ispido/a; (wool) → che dà prurito
b. (fig) (person) → permaloso/a; (subject) → spinoso/a

prickle

(ˈprikl) noun
1. a sharp point growing on a plant or animal. A hedgehog is covered with prickles.
2. a feeling of being pricked. a prickle of fear.
ˈprickly adjective
1. covered with prickles. Holly is a prickly plant.
2. pricking; stinging. a prickly rash.
ˈprickliness noun
References in classic literature ?
Tulliver had on her visiting costume, with a protective apparatus of brown holland, as if she had been a piece of satin furniture in danger of flies; Maggie was frowning and twisting her shoulders, that she might if possible shrink away from the prickliest of tuckers, while her mother was remonstrating, "Don't, Maggie, my dear; don't make yourself so ugly!" and Tom's cheeks were looking particularly brilliant as a relief to his best blue suit, which he wore with becoming calmness, having, after a little wrangling, effected what was always the one point of interest to him in his toilet: he had transferred all the contents of his every-day pockets to those actually in wear.
The travesty of recent Indian strategic thought is it emerges not from our brains but from whatever part of the anatomy that secretes the prickliest hormones.
The Jerusalem provisions are the prickliest. Congress had pressed several administrations to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but this law went further in several ways.
But in this farce in progress with Malacanang moving its arguments and goalposts every time, the bet is high that yet another, more cockeyed rationale would soon roll out from the Palace story factory - any excuse, really, to cut down the prickliest thorn in the President's side.
Prickliest of all the characters is Hero's aunt Paz, whose impoverished origins (in Pangasinan, Bulosan's home province) no distance can be great enough to erase.
Property taxes, which fund the local share, are one of the prickliest objects in Texas politics today.
The issue remains one of the prickliest in the world, as it has many sub-plots and a number of regional actors who try to influence developments to suit their own interests.
But Tom's new circle, as drawn by Stillman, is charming--even Nick Smith, the prickliest member but also particularly welcoming of Tom.
He is the prickliest public person in memory, a very dangerous quality.
The scheme addresses one of America's prickliest problems.
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"The prickliest thorns in our collective side are still lack of inventory and subdued listing activity," Thompson said.