American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Tied or snarled in knots.
- adj. Covered with knots or knobs; gnarled.
- adj. Difficult to understand or solve. See Synonyms at complex.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Full of knots; knotted; having many knots
- adj. rare Hard; rugged.
- adj. Difficult; intricate; perplexed.
- adj. used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
- adj. making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
- adj. tangled in knots or snarls
- adj. highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
- knot + -y (Wiktionary)
“M. de Nointel, after settling certain knotty points in the”
“In the construction of this little word "equipping," taken with its context, is the point, apparently so knotty, which is to be determined.”
“A humorist of the present day has suggested that the knots on the staff indicate the numerous "knotty" questions which a doctor is asked to solve!”
“He seemed awful old and kind of knotty and twisty.”
“Nor did I escape, since having somehow or other established a reputation for wisdom, as soon as I had mastered sufficient of the language, every kind of knotty case was laid before me for decision.”
“I tried to do it, but found it a "knotty" subject, and, like the texts Eachard speaks of,”
“You describe the abortion issue as a "knotty" question.”
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“He said biomass is a relatively cheap energy source because it uses non-commercial wood, such as knotty trees, tree stumps and branches, to fuel power plants.”
“They are still wrestling with how to do it—particularly with the knotty question of how to share the burden with private creditors.”
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