adjective (knottier, knottiest)
- 1Full of knots: panelling in knotty pineMore example sentences
- B-I-N will seal porous surfaces, like new wood, and seal off knots and sappy streaks in knotty pine so they won't bleed through and ruin the paint job.
- The 31-room lodge sits right on Lake Superior and is all Scandinavian, with hand-hewn beams, massive stone fireplaces, and guest rooms of high-gloss knotty pine.
- These range from the pale silvery hue of maple to the warm gold, knotty style of pine, and from the classic mid-brown of oak to the rich darkness of walnut.
- 2Extremely difficult or complex: a knotty legal problemMore example sentences
- Mr Dexter said: ‘Insurance is increasingly becoming a knotty problem.’
- He spent much time trying to tease out this knotty problem with Laing.
- The newspaper also dwells on the jury selection in the original federal trial, but it never once mentions the truly knotty constitutional issue involved - double jeopardy.
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- This may seem like it has the knottiness and subterfuge of a good spy thriller, but it fails as a drama because every climax is a false climax.
- The difficulty and complexity of the play's plotting is matched by an unusual density and knottiness of syntax.