adjective (thornier, thorniest)
- 1Having many thorns or thorn bushes.More example sentences
- The white blossom stands out against the black thorny branches.
- The thorny branches quickly entangled him, biting deeply into his skin.
- The bark was extremely coarse and the branches were thorny and brittle.
- 1.1Causing distress, difficulty, or trouble: a thorny problem for our team to solveMore example sentences
- As time moved on, and in the process of looking for answers to difficult questions, the thorny issue of forgiveness cropped up.
- Remove context and you remove the possibility of people thinking about awkward issues or raising thorny questions.
- Difficult and thorny issues are resolved by intelligent listening.
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- It often forms dense thickets, and these are often thorny, since thornless cultivars appear to retain genes for thorniness that may be expressed as genes recombine in their progeny.
- Again, as with much of Mahler, it's not so much a matter of the thorniness of the musical material or the opacity of the form, but the emotional content of the piece.
- Avid moviegoers should be singing the director's praises from the rooftops for daring to thrash out the matter in all its imperfect, dark thorniness.