knotty

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English knotty, knotti, equivalent to knot +‎ -y. Compare Dutch knoestig (knotty), German knotig (knotty), Swedish knutig, knotig (knotty).

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knotty (comparative knottier or more knotty, superlative knottiest or most knotty)

  1. Full of knots.
    a knotty pine
  2. Complicated or tricky; complex, difficult.
    Synonyms: intricate, thorny
    a knotty problem
    • 1704, [Jonathan Swift], “Section IX. A Digression Concerning the Original, the Use and Improvement of Madness in a Commonwealth.”, in A Tale of a Tub. [], London: [] John Nutt, [], OCLC 752990886, pages 169–170:
      The preſent Argument is the moſt abſtracted that ever I engaged in, it ſtrains my Faculties to their higheſt Stretch; and I deſire the Reader to attend with utmoſt perpenſity; For, I now proceed to unravel this knotty Point.

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From knotte +‎ -y.

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Adjective[edit]

knotty

  1. knotted, tied, linked
  2. knotty, tangled, twisted
  3. knobby, bumpy, clumped
  4. knoblike, protruding

Descendants[edit]

  • English: knotty
  • Scots: knottie

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