thorny

thorny
UK [ˈθɔː(r)nɪ] / US [ˈθɔrnɪ] adjective
Word forms "thorny":
adjective thorny comparative thornier superlative thorniest
1) a thorny issue, problem, subject etc is one that is difficult to deal with

the thorny issue of land ownership

Now we come to the thorny question of cost.

2) covered with thorns

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  • Thorny — Thorn y, a. [Compar. {Thornier}; superl. {Thorniest}.] [Cf. AS. [thorn]orniht.] 1. Full of thorns or spines; rough with thorns; spiny; as, a thorny wood; a thorny tree; a thorny crown. [1913 Webster] 2. Like a thorn or thorns; hence, figuratively …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thorny — [thôr′nē] adj. thornier, thorniest 1. full of thorns; brambly; prickly 2. having thorns or spines: said of some animals 3. like a thorn; sharp 4. full of obstacles, vexations, pain, etc. [the thorny road to peace] 5. full of controversial points …   English World dictionary

  • thorny — [adj1] sharp, pointed barbed, briery, bristling, bristly, prickly, spiked, spiky, spinous, spiny, stinging, thistly; concept 485 Ant. dull, smooth, unpointed thorny [adj2] difficult, problematic awkward, baffling, bothersome, formidable,… …   New thesaurus

  • thorny — index impracticable, precarious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • thorny — O.E. þornig; see THORN (Cf. thorn) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Figurative sense is attested from mid 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • thorny — ► ADJECTIVE (thornier, thorniest) 1) having many thorns or thorn bushes. 2) causing distress, difficulty, or trouble …   English terms dictionary

  • thorny — [[t]θɔ͟ː(r)ni[/t]] thornier, thorniest 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A thorny plant or tree is covered with thorns. ...thorny hawthorn trees. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a problem as thorny, you mean that it is very complicated and difficult to… …   English dictionary

  • thorny — thorn|y [ˈθo:ni US ˈθo:rni] adj 1.) a thorny question/problem/issue etc a question etc that is complicated and difficult ▪ the thorny question of immigration policy 2.) a thorny bush, plant etc has thorns >thorniness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thorny — thorn|y [ θɔrni ] adjective 1. ) a thorny issue, problem, subject, etc. is one that is difficult to deal with: the thorny issue of land ownership Now we come to the thorny question of cost. 2. ) covered with thorns …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • thorny — adjective 1 thorny question/problem/point/issue a question etc that is complicated and difficult: The thorny question of redundancies will have to be tackled sooner or later. 2 a thorny bush, plant etc has thorns thorniness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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