Definition of “prickly” - English Dictionary

“prickly” in English

See all translations


uk /ˈprɪk.əl.i/ /ˈprɪ us /ˈprɪk.əl.i/ /ˈprɪ

prickly adjective (SHARP)

covered with prickles:

Chestnuts had burst out of their prickly green husks.
I find this sweater slightly prickly (= it makes the skin sore).

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

See all translations


us /ˈprɪk·li/

having sharp points that stick out, or causing a stinging feeling:

a prickly cactus
The wool felt prickly and itchy against his skin.

(Definition of “prickly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)