Definition of prickly in English:

prickly

Line breaks: prick¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈprɪkli
 
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adjective (pricklier, prickliest)

  • 1Covered in prickles: masses of prickly brambles
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    • One plant we should see more of is Rubus biflorus, the ornamental bramble, whose prickly stems are covered in a white, waxy bloom.
    • Here on the free-draining soil gorse proliferates and, year by year is gradually spreading across good grazing land, its impenetrable prickly branch structure ideal cover for rabbit burrows.
    • Once, out picking blackberries, he over-reached and fell headlong into the prickly bramble.
    Synonyms
    spiky, spiked, thorny, barbed, spiny, pronged, bristled, bristly; briary, brambly, burry, rough, scratchy, sharp
    technical spiculate, spicular, aculeate, barbellate, spinose, spinous, muricate, setaceous
  • 1.1Resembling prickles: his hair was prickly and short
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    • His face was prickly from the short, protruding facial hairs on his face.
    • Rya's shirt was soaked and had turned to a crimson color, her hair was covered in blood and it had started to dry, making her hair hard and prickly.
    • During her last days, she felt most difficulties in eating because her lips and mouth were so prickly and painful.
  • 1.2Having or causing a tingling or itching sensation: prickly velvet seats my skin feels prickly
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    • A prickly and tingly sensation ran up through my body as I armed my head back in sorrow.
    • Those were the things I was thinking when I got a prickly sensation at the back of my neck - like I was being watched.
    • He had the distinct prickly sensation on the back of his neck that usually meant he was being watched.
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Derivatives

prickliness

noun
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  • That anyone could take offence at such an effort beggars belief and displays the small-mindedness and extreme prickliness that has come to typify ministers in this administration.
  • Mid-way through her answer, her neatly measured affability gives way to a decided prickliness.
  • Given his frequent prickliness over criticism and given his prevalent self-assurance as a writer, his openness to Bulwer's radical suggestion has surprised many commentators.

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