from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being prickly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being prickly, or of having many prickles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being prickly, or having many prickles.

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

  • n. the quality of being covered with prickly thorns or spines


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  • Now the same prickliness is clear when his track record as President is on the docket.

    Matthew Yglesias » Endgame

  • Whether or not the prickliness is justified, the military does bridle at civilian imposition on military culture.

    Matthew Yglesias » Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

  • But watching Mr Cameron at work, offering his usual mix of personal anecdote, British good manners and cautious, low-ambition optimism, the day also offered salutary reminders that this strategy struggles in the face of anger, or prickliness, that is impervious to optimism.

    The Economist: Daily news and views

  • The Time article this week about his "prickliness" and others that are pointing out that he isn't "who he used to be," I think are starting to get at the possibility of his mental health being an issue (i.e., senility).

    Election Central Saturday Roundup

  • This "prickliness", for lack of a better word, can even turn fatal, as countless "honor killings" can attest.

    Does Islam make its adherents violent?

  • But another view of the Iraqi leader is that he is an Arab Charles de Gaulle, both in his personal prickliness and fervent nationalism.

    Iraq After America

  • While growing tensions on the high seas have been the main focus in recent territorial tensions between China and Japan, a report released by the Defense Ministry shows prickliness is escalating in the skies as well.

    How to Win a Free Fight to Japan...Maybe

  • But his run against Jim Webb in 2006, however, revealed that he really spent his childhood in Southern California and provoked some prickliness on his part at the revelation of Jewish roots on his mother's side, as if that matters in today's Virginia.

    Rough waters for George Allen

  • But as these cases suggest, Chinese policy is often driven by a mixture of bureaucratic self-interest and infighting, prickliness, bullying and a paranoid incomprehension of the outside world.

    The East Is Red-Faced

  • Screed and I could easily reach the level of two porcupines trying to take a nap together; prickliness quickly overcoming comfort.

    The Three Of Swords - любовь среди волков*


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