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spiky

adjective uk   /ˈspaɪ.ki/ us  

spiky adjective (POINTED)

covered with spikes or having that appearance: a spiky cactus spiky leaves spiky hair

spiky adjective (BAD MOOD)

informal easily annoyed and not polite: a spiky teenager
Translations of “spiky”
in Korean 뾰족뾰족한…
in Arabic شائك…
in Portuguese cheio de pontas…
in Catalan amb punxes, de punta…
in Japanese くぎが付いた, とげとげした…
in Italian spinoso, irto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 尖的, 有尖刺的, 尖細的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 尖的, 有尖刺的, 尖细的…
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