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Thorny meaning

thorny - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.; " a horse with a short bristly mane"; " bristly shrubs"; " burred fruits"; " setaceous whiskers"
  2. 2. Full of thorns or spines; rough with thorns; spiny; as, a thorny wood; a thorny tree; a thorny crown.
  3. 3. Like a thorn or thorns; hence, figuratively, troublesome; vexatious; harassing; perplexing.
  4. 4. Full of thorns; harassing.

thorny - examples of usage

  1. It is usually placed low down in a thorny bush.
  2. All the wealth of the Indies could not shed as dazzling a light as that thorny crown.
  3. Another of the follies from which I have been forced to tear myself is the study of politics, a subject thorny and repulsive for most men, but quite as attractive as useless for me.
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