knotty

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From Middle English knotty, knotti, equivalent to knot +‎ -y.

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

  1. Full of knots.
    knotty pine
    • 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I Scene 2
      If thou murmur'st, I will rend an oak
      And peg thee in his knotty entrails till
      Thou hast howl'd away twelve winters.
  2. Complicated or tricky; complex; difficult.
    a knotty problem

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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

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