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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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prickly

adjective
1. Full of sharp needlelike protuberances:
2. So replete with interlocking points and complications as to be painfully irritating:
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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)
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prickly

[ˈprɪkli] adj
[texture] → piquant(e)
[person] (= touchy) → irritableprickly heat nfièvre f miliaireprickly pear nfigue f de Barbarie
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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
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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
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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
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References in classic literature ?
Yea, my fish- bones, shells, and prickly leaves shall--tickle the noses of dissemblers!
It begun then--at the time of the trouble with her lover," nodded Old Tom; "and it seems as if she'd been feedin' on wormwood an' thistles ever since--she's that bitter an' prickly ter deal with."
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.
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.
The plain, too, abounded with the prickly pear, which wounded his naked feet.
He pulled down a handful of prickly husks and went on eating the contents.
Bishop Percy, like a knight of old, laid his lance in rest and tilted against the prickly briar hedge that had grown up around the Sleeping Beauty, Romance.
There is a green fringe of palm and prickly pear round the black mouth of the well; but nothing of the upper masonry remains except two bulky and battered stones standing like the pillars of a gateway of nowhere, in which some of the more transcendental archaeologists, in certain moods at moonrise or sunset, think they can trace the faint lines of figures or features of more than Babylonian monstrosity; while the more rationalistic archaeologists, in the more rational hours of daylight, see nothing but two shapeless rocks.
We jogged along peacefully over the great caravan route from Damascus to Jerusalem and Egypt, past Lubia and other Syrian hamlets, perched, in the unvarying style, upon the summit of steep mounds and hills, and fenced round about with giant cactuses, (the sign of worthless land,) with prickly pears upon them like hams, and came at last to the battle-field of Hattin.
About two o'clock in the morning he disembarked upon a promontory covered with prickly reeds, that proved very provoking and inconvenient even to a philosopher like him; but a tree grew there expressly to offer him a bed among its branches, and Joe climbed up into it for greater security, and there, without sleeping much, however, awaited the dawn of day.
No breath of air, not a single ruffle in the great, drooping leaves of the African trees and dense, prickly shrubs.