Definition of knotty in English:

knotty

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɒti
 
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adjective (knottier, knottiest)

1Full of knots: panelling in knotty pine
More 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.
Synonyms
2Extremely difficult or complex: a knotty legal problem
More 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.
Synonyms
complex, complicated, involved, intricate, convoluted, Byzantine, tangled, tortuous; difficult, hard, thorny, taxing, awkward, tricky, problematic, troublesome, perplexing, baffling, mystifying, obscure, unfathomable, unanswerable, insoluble, impenetrable

Derivatives

knottily

adverb

knottiness

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

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