Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Consisting of or abounding in thistles.
  • Resembling a thistle or some attribute of a thistle; prickly.

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

  • adjective Overgrown with thistles.
  • adjective Fig.: Resembling a thistle or thistles; sharp; pricking.

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

  • adjective Covered in thistles.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

thistle +‎ -y

Examples

  • His Scotch blood (for that he was of Scotch descent there could be no manner of doubt) gave him just the kind of thistly dignity which made every one feel that they must treat him with respect; so on that head he was assured.

    Wives and Daughters

  • Don't let the thistly foliage scare you - they won't overrun your garden.

    Happy Times at Sugar Creek « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • Fanning out a handful of blue Pelican popular philosophy books from the 1950s, one encounters on the back a series of passport-sized pictures showing granite-faced, set-jawed gentlemen in late middle age, accessorised with a pipe, a thistly tweed jacket or patent leather hair.

    The Author Photo

  • Fanning out a handful of blue Pelican popular philosophy books from the 1950s, one encounters on the back a series of passport-sized pictures showing granite-faced, set-jawed gentlemen in late middle age, accessorised with a pipe, a thistly tweed jacket or patent leather hair.

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  • There were several thistly decisions facing the Council of Lords at this gathering.

    Shaman's Crossing

  • Secure, innocent, peaceful, where then was that “thistly sorrow” that grows inevitably, so Cowper said, beside human happiness?

    The Common Reader, Second Series

  • Fred crossed the dry, thistly lawn and stopped in front of the old brick building with the flagpoles that Harvey would never let him piss on.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • He scuttled after him, ignoring the switching cuts of the blades and the thistly ground.

    In Other Worlds

  • It was a thornwing, a crumpled mass of thistly, snarled twine with a tiny hooked head at the crest of its amorphous shape.

    In Other Worlds

  • "His equal" is the correct answer: but even so demure and proper a support to thistly theology was to the ears that heard it as the hand of

    An Englishwoman's Love-Letters

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