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See definition of prickly on Dictionary.com
  • adj.thorny or difficult
  • adj.irritable, bad-tempered

synonyms for prickly

  • complicated
  • knotty
  • nettlesome
  • ticklish
  • tricky
  • annoying
  • barbed
  • bothersome
  • brambly
  • briery
  • bristly
  • echinated
  • intricate
  • involved
  • pointed
  • sharp
  • spiny
  • stimulating
  • troublesome
  • trying
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antonyms for prickly

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  • easy
  • simple
  • uncomplicated
  • happy
  • pleasant
  • smooth
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How to use prickly in a sentence

Then, Wright shows Ron and Russell as the adorable, classic 1950s-style kids they were, born three years apart and, as it turns out, inseparable in a prickly sort of way.
THE SPARKS BROTHERS, A SUNDANCE DELIGHT, TELLS THE GRAND STORY OF THIS ENDURINGLY ENIGMATIC ART-POP DUOSTEPHANIE ZACHAREKFEBRUARY 3, 2021TIME
The only difference, Cotton says, was a box of disposable gloves by the kitchen sink and a prickly attitude from her supervisor.
THE CHALLENGES POSED BY COVID-19 PUSHED MANY WORKERS TO STRIKE. WILL THE LABOR MOVEMENT SEE SUSTAINED INTEREST?ABIGAIL ABRAMSJANUARY 17, 2021TIME
This get-up is itchy, prickly, crunchy, and ridiculous looking, but it might also save your life.
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It’s not so much a rollercoaster as it is falling down a mountainside—one littered with prickly bushes and sharp rocks.
THE HAPPINESS AND HEARTBREAK OF A DAUGHTER’S FIRST FISHING TRIPBY JONATHON KLEIN/FIELD & STREAMDECEMBER 30, 2020POPULAR-SCIENCE
It’s an account of the work of Griffith Pugh, the prickly scientist who designed the oxygen gear, the acclimatization protocols, the diet, the down clothing, the boots, the tents, the stoves, and even the inflatable beds for the expedition.
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With a prickly heat suffusing my whole body and a melting sensation at the collar I struggled through the wretched lyric once.
PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI, VOLUME 158, APRIL 28, 1920VARIOUS
It bears beautiful yellow blossoms in summer, after which comes the fruit, a prickly pear, not good to eat.
THE NURSERY, NOVEMBER 1881, VOL. XXXVARIOUS
Another kind of cactus has crimson and scarlet blossoms, but no prickly pears.
THE NURSERY, NOVEMBER 1881, VOL. XXXVARIOUS
"That's right, too," agreed Mollie, a prickly sensation of pure fright tickling the roots of her hair.
THE OUTDOOR GIRLS IN THE SADDLELAURA LEE HOPE
In a few years the girl he had married would be a plain and prickly little pedant—ill-bred besides—and he knew it.
MARRIAGE LA MODEMRS. HUMPHRY WARD
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WORDS RELATED TO PRICKLY

  • bristling
  • bristly
  • disordered
  • feathery
  • fluffy
  • fringed
  • full
  • furry
  • fuzzy
  • hairy
  • heavy
  • hirsute
  • leafy
  • luxuriant
  • nappy
  • prickly
  • rough
  • rumpled
  • spreading
  • stiff
  • thick
  • tufted
  • unruly
  • wiry
  • woolly
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