thorny

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See also: Þorný

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English thorny, þorny, þorni, from Old English þorniġ, from Proto-West Germanic *þornag. Equivalent to thorn +‎ -y.

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thorny (comparative thornier, superlative thorniest)

  1. having thorns or spines
  2. (figurative) troublesome or vexatious
  3. aloof and irritable
    • (Can we date this quote?), Good Wives
      'Come, Jo, don't be thorny. After studying himself to a skeleton all the week, a fellow deserves petting, and ought to get it.'

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English þorniġ, from Proto-West Germanic *þornag. Equivalent to thorn +‎ -y.

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Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

thorny

  1. Having many thorns or spines; thorny.
  2. (rare) Covered in thorny plants.
  3. (rare) Having a shape like a thorn.
Descendants[edit]
  • English: thorny
  • Scots: thorny
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Etymology 2[edit]

From thorn +‎ -en (infinitival suffix).

Verb[edit]

thorny

  1. Alternative form of thornen