from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Tied or snarled in knots.
  • adjective Covered with knots or knobs; gnarled.
  • adjective Difficult to understand or solve.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Full of knots; having many knots.
  • Hard; rugged.
  • Difficult; intricate; perplexing; involved.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Full of knots; knotted; having many knots
  • adjective rare Hard; rugged.
  • adjective Difficult; intricate; perplexed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Full of knots.
  • adjective Complicated or tricky; complex; difficult.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
  • adjective making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
  • adjective tangled in knots or snarls
  • adjective highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

knot +‎ -y


  • M. de Nointel, after settling certain knotty points in the

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  • In the construction of this little word "equipping," taken with its context, is the point, apparently so knotty, which is to be determined.

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  • 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!

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  • He seemed awful old and kind of knotty and twisty.

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  • 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.

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  • I tried to do it, but found it a "knotty" subject, and, like the texts Eachard speaks of,

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  • Its mix includes “born again” or vintage cowboy boots — “half the retail price and half the work to break them in”; ranch home decor, such as knotty pine log beds; “saloon girl” lingerie; exclusive designs, such as tank tops with “Honky” on the front and “Tonk” on the back; Pocahontas and Indian chief prints; and novelty gifts that baby boomers played with as children, such as candy cigarettes and badges.

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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.

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  • You describe the abortion issue as a "knotty" question.

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  • 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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