[ US /ˈθɔɹni/ ]
[ UK /θˈɔːni/ ]
  1. bristling with perplexities
    the thorny question of states' rights
  2. 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
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How To Use thorny In A Sentence

  • Men don't care how they look," said Thorny, squirming out of her hold, for he hated to be "cuddled" before people. St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, V. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878 Scribner's Illustrated
  • the thorny question of states' rights
  • The dog hurt one of its pad when it stepped upon a thorny path.
  • Seingô shrieked in rage, and clawed out at him with spiny, thorny arms.
  • Industry leaders met in Los Angeles Tuesday night for a seminar on the thorny problem of downloadable music.
  • These are also the most thorny and fundamental issues affecting Taiwan's management of cross-strait trade and economic relations over the past decade.
  • Scritch, scratch, scramble, through the thorny bushes!
  • High walls, fences, thorny hedges and bushes can all put off burglars, but make sure the front of your home is visible to passers-by
  • After dinner I read one of Miss Mitford's hawthorny sketches out of "Our Village," which was lying on the table; they always carry one into fresh air and green fields, for which I am grateful to them. Records of a Girlhood
  • But they are also thorny like a bramble, not bristly like a wineberry. Times, Sunday Times
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