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English definition of “prickly”

prickly

adjective     /ˈprɪk.l̩.i/ /-li/
covered with prickles : Chestnuts had burst out of their prickly green husks . I find this sweater a bit prickly (= it makes the skin sore ).Sharp and blunt informal unfriendly and slightly rude : She was asked a couple of questions about her private life and got a bit prickly.Not being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourRude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
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