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thorn·y

thorny

 
pronunciation:
thor ni
part of speech: adjective
inflections: thornier, thorniest
definition 1: covered with or full of thorns; prickly.
definition 2: resembling a thorn or thorns.
definition 3: difficult or painful to approach, deal with, or the like.
similar words:
difficult
derivations: thornily (adv.), thorniness (n.)