from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having prickles.
- adj. Prickling or tingling or smarting: a prickly sensation in my foot.
- adj. Causing trouble or vexation; thorny: a prickly situation.
- adj. Bristling or irritable: "In consequence, he became rebarbative, prickly, spiteful” ( Robert Craft).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Covered with sharp points.
- adj. Easily irritated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full of sharp points or prickles; armed or covered with prickles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of sharp points or prickles; armed with prickles: as, a prickly shrub.
- Pricking or stinging; noting the sensation of being pricked or stung.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. very irritable
- adj. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
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