Synonyms of knotty in English:



  • 1 a knotty legal problem
    complex, complicated, involved, intricate, convoluted, Byzantine, tangled, tortuous; difficult, hard, thorny, taxing, awkward, tricky, problematic, troublesome, perplexing, baffling, mystifying, obscure, unfathomable, unanswerable, insoluble, impenetrable
    [Antonyms] straightforward simple
  • 2 knotty roots of gorse bushes
    gnarled, knotted, knurled, nodular, knobbly, lumpy, bumpy, rugged, rough, coarse
    rare nodulous, nodose
  • 3 a knotty piece of thread
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