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prickly ‎(comparative pricklier, superlative prickliest)

  1. Covered with sharp points.
    Prickly pear is a cactus, you have to peel it before eating it to remove the spines and the tough skin.
  2. Easily irritated.
    He has a prickly personality. He doesn't get along with people because he is easily set off.
  3. difficult, hairy, complicated


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prickly ‎(comparative more prickly, superlative most prickly)

  1. In a prickly manner
    • 2016, David Thomson, Biggest lesson of the 2016 Oscars? The Academy should be scrapped (in The Guardian, 3 March 2016)[1]
      Striding across stage in his bright white jacket, his voice soaring and cracking – like Charlie Parker’s – he was nervous but prickly eloquent, caustic yet encouraging.