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adj. prick·li·er, prick·li·est
1. Having prickles.
2. Prickling or tingling or smarting: a prickly sensation in my foot.
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.
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Noun1.prickliness - the quality of being covered with prickly thorns or spines
raggedness, roughness - a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
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(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
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IT seems that members of the treasury benches have a strong, rather opposition-like affinity for raising a ruckus at the slightest provocation, little realising either their power as incumbents or how this prickliness plays into their opponents' hands.
Buboy Fernandez, who saw Pacquiao the morning after, said his childhood friend just complained of prickliness.
At a time where media, officials, and fans would typically await Martin O'Neill's press conference prickliness with spirits sinking, it was a timely reminder these things can be a pleasure to listen to as well.
Osama Manzar, the director of the Digital Empowerment Foundation, a New Delhi-based NGO, called the government's prickliness "a clear sign that rather than it wanting to learn how to make Aadhaar a tool of empowerment, it actually wants to use it as a coercive tool of disempowerment".
Her hair was black and cut short, not giving the suggestion of soft hair that one yearns to touch but instead called to mind the prickliness of bristles, and although she wasn't tall, the degree of her thinness, much like my mother's, made her appear taller in one's memory of her than when she was standing before you.
Few writers, though, display any prickliness. Instead, we end up with the acceptance characteristic of capitalism - which, lately in politics, has led to deep alienation and monstrous alternatives.
When I woke up the next morning, I reached down to stroke my sleek calves and recoiled in horror--my fingers instead encountered a disgusting prickliness. Upon closer inspection, I found tiny black hairs poking through my skin's surface.
Johnson and Mary Wilson describe Rhys "as very much a 'both/and' rather than 'either/or' writer," but advise that critics "grapple with the consequences of that both/ and position without smoothing out Rhys's contradictions, her prickliness, her rough edges" (17).
Trying to understand this emotion may help the child let go of the prickliness and explore the genesis of the softer emotion.
It's a relief then that (almost) all Steven Berkoff's infamous prickliness seems to melt away at the mention of Cardiff, where he'll be lifting the lid on is long, eclectic career with his tell-all, one-man show next week.
It's a relief then that (almost) all Steven Berkoff's infamous prickliness seems to melt away at the mention of Cardiff, where next week he'll be lifting the lid on his long, eclectic career with a tell-all one-man show.