thorny Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “thorny” in the English Dictionary

"thorny" in British English

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uk   /ˈθɔː.ni/  us   /ˈθɔːr-/

thorny adjective (PROBLEM/SUBJECT)

[before noun] A thorny ​problem or ​subject is ​difficult to ​deal with: the thorny issue oftaxation

thorny adjective (PLANT)

having ​thorns: a thorny ​rosebush
(Definition of thorny from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"thorny" in American English

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thornyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈθɔr·ni/
having a lot of thorns: Roses are thorny ​shrubs. A thorny ​problem is one that is ​full of ​difficulties: The thorny ​issue of ​illegalimmigrationremainsunresolved.
(Definition of thorny from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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