Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “knotty”

See all translations

knotty

adjective uk   /ˈnɒt.i/ us    /ˈnɑː.t̬i/

knotty adjective (COMPLICATED)

informal (of a problem or difficulty) complicated and difficult to solve: It was a very knotty problem.

knotty adjective (WOOD)

with a lot of knots: a knotty piece of wood
Translations of “knotty”
in Chinese (Traditional) 複雜的, 錯綜複雜的, 難於解決的,棘手的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 复杂的, 错综复杂的, 难于解决的,棘手的…
(Definition of knotty from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of knotty?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “knotty” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ice over

If an area of water ices over, it becomes covered with a layer of ice.

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More