[ UK /pɹˈɪkli/ ]
[ US /ˈpɹɪkɫi/ ]
  1. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
    setaceous whiskers
    burred fruits
    a horse with a short bristly mane
    bristly shrubs
  2. very irritable
    witty and waspish about his colleagues
    bristly exchanges between the White House and the press
    he became prickly and spiteful
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How To Use prickly In A Sentence

  • In the split second that their gazes locked, that same prickly sensation consumed his mind as if the blood flow to his brain had suddenly been cut off.
  • After a while, the prickly feeling of anxiousness dulls and turns blunt.
  • At the May state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderón, prickly pear cactus showed up in vermeil wine coolers, and Dowling also tucked a few among the in the centerpieces of fuchsia roses and Cattleya orchids. White House florist shows Obamas' relaxed style
  • Yorkshire folk turned prickly yesterday after a wild flower charity announced that the common harebell had replaced the white rose as the county's floral emblem.
  • We kept driving, past cedar thickets and a pasture studded with blooming prickly pear cactus.
  • The reptile's prickly skin repels nearly all of its predators.
  • Many of the species native to California, such as the prickly chaparral, rely on fires to propagate.
  • The entrepreneur has a prickly relationship with the City. Times, Sunday Times
  • The fruit from the prickly pear - a cross between kiwi fruit and a ripe pear - is wonderful.
  • Four hundred species of flowers, including Indian paintbrushes, prickly poppies, flowering herbs, and the most compelling blossom of all - the bluebonnet, the Texas state flower.
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