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Meaning of “prickly” in the English Dictionary

"prickly" in British English

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pricklyadjective

uk   us   /ˈprɪk.l̩.i/ /-li/
  • prickly adjective (SHARP)

covered with ​prickles: Chestnuts had ​burst out of ​their prickly ​greenhusks. I ​find this ​sweaterslightly prickly (= it makes the ​skinsore).
  • prickly adjective (COMPLICATED)

complicated and ​difficult to ​deal with: a prickly issue/​situation
(Definition of prickly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prickly" in American English

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pricklyadjective

 us   /ˈprɪk·li/
having ​sharppoints that ​stick out, or causing a ​stingingfeeling: a prickly ​cactus The ​woolfelt prickly and ​itchy against his ​skin.
(Definition of prickly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “prickly”
in Arabic شائك…
in Korean 가시로 뒤덮힘…
in Portuguese espinhoso…
in Catalan espinós, ple de punxes…
in Japanese とげだらけの…
in Chinese (Simplified) 多刺的, 刺痛的, 痒的…
in Turkish dikenli, iğneli, huysuz…
in Russian колючий, раздражительный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 多刺的, 刺痛的, 癢的…
in Italian spinoso, pungente…
in Polish kolczasty, drażliwy, trudny…
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