prickly


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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 ?
Among the many pillows that adorned the venerable couch was one, hard, round, covered with prickly horsehair, and furnished with a knobby button at each end.
In reply to her mother's command and entreaty that she would behave more decorously, little Pearl paused gather the prickly burrs from a tall burdock which grew beside the tomb.
I put out my hand to feel the dark mass before me: I discriminated the rough stones of a low wall--above it, something like palisades, and within, a high and prickly hedge.
When Kotick felt his skin tingle all over, Matkah told him he was learning the "feel of the water," and that tingly, prickly feelings meant bad weather coming, and he must swim hard and get away.
Various kinds of isis, clusters of pure tuft-coral, prickly fungi, and anemones formed a brilliant garden of flowers, decked with their collarettes of blue tentacles, sea-stars studding the sandy bottom.
Pepper plants replaced the prickly hedges of European fields; sago-bushes, large ferns with gorgeous branches, varied the aspect of this tropical clime; while nutmeg-trees in full foliage filled the air with a penetrating perfume.
He pulled down a handful of prickly husks and went on eating the contents.
Then they began to pass around the dusky, piquant, Arlesian sausages, and lobsters in their dazzling red cuirasses, prawns of large size and brilliant color, the echinus with its prickly outside and dainty morsel within, the clovis, esteemed by the epicures of the South as more than rivalling the exquisite flavor of the oyster, -- all the delicacies, in fact, that are cast up by the wash of waters on the sandy beach, and styled by the grateful fishermen "fruits of the sea.
According to some historians, the Pygmies used to go to the battle, mounted on the backs of goats and rams; but such animals as these must have been far too big for Pygmies to ride upon; so that, I rather suppose, they rode on squirrel-back, or rabbit-back, or redbook, or perhaps got upon hedgehogs, whose prickly quills would be very terrible to the enemy.
He was getting submissive to her, since she paid him with tolerable gains; but fevers and prickly heat, and other evils incidental to cooks in ardent climates, made him long for his native land; so he took ship once more, carrying his six years' savings, and seeing distinctly, this time, what were Fate's intentions as to his career.
She groped her way, touching the prickly gorse, to the door, and pushed it open.
The plain, too, abounded with the prickly pear, which wounded his naked feet.