What does knotty mean?

Definitions for knottyˈnɒt i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word knotty.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough(adj)

    making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

    "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"

  2. gnarled, gnarly, knotted, knotty, knobbed(adj)

    used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots

    "gnarled and knotted hands"; "a knobbed stick"

  3. Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous(adj)

    highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

    "the Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"

  4. knotty, snarled, snarly(adj)

    tangled in knots or snarls

    "a mass of knotted string"; "snarled thread"


  1. knotty(Adjective)

    Full of knots.

    knotty pine

  2. knotty(Adjective)

    Complicated or tricky; complex; difficult.

    a knotty problem

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knotty

    full of knots; knotted; having many knots; as, knotty timber; a knotty rope

  2. Knotty

    hard; rugged; as, a knotty head

  3. Knotty

    difficult; intricate; perplexed


  1. Knotty

    The game of knotty is a Scottish team sport. It is a variation of the game of shinty as played in the fishing communities of Lybster, Caithness. It used to be played widely in the town, as was shinty in the rest of Caithness, but it ceased to be played around the end of the 19th Century, until 1993 when it was revived by local enthusiasts. It involves a stick, which can be almost any form of wooden implement, and a cork fishing float as ball with varying sizes of players. Local history books suggest knotty was invented by the fishing wives of Lybster – once one of the Europe's busiest herring ports – to help keep their men sober when they were ashore. However, whilst this would have been a fine side effect of the game, the sport draws from the same prevalence of stick-ball games throughout Scotland at that time, many of which became codified into shinty in other areas. With the rundown of the industry in the late 19th century, knotty fell into abeyance until local hotelier, the late Bert Mowat, found a copy containing the few rules of the sport wedged between the pages of a Gaelic bible in a bedroom.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knotty in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knotty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

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    Sometimes when you're in a less formal setting, it's conducive to letting your guard down a little bit and I had found that to be the case in a number of knotty situations.

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