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ˈθɔr nithorny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thorny(adj)

    bristling with perplexities

    "the thorny question of states' rights"

  2. barbed, barbellate, briary, briery, bristled, bristly, burred, burry, prickly, setose, setaceous, spiny, thorny(adj)

    having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

    "a horse with a short bristly mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous whiskers"


  1. thorny(Adjective)

    having thorns or spines

  2. thorny(Adjective)

    troublesome or vexatious

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thorny

    full of thorns or spines; rough with thorns; spiny; as, a thorny wood; a thorny tree; a thorny crown

  2. Thorny

    like a thorn or thorns; hence, figuratively, troublesome; vexatious; harassing; perplexing

Anagrams for thorny »

  1. rhyton, rython

  2. Rhyton

  3. Rython

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thorny in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thorny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of thorny in a Sentence

  1. John Boehner:

    I want members on both sides of the aisle to sit down, and let’s have a conversation about how to address what, frankly, has become a very thorny issue.

  2. Liang Tieshan:

    Because the mechanisms and related policies for state-owned firms exiting the market are not complete, closing them will raise thorny problems like the settlement of debts.

  3. Michel de Montaigne:

    Virtue craves a steep and thorny path.

  4. Ehsan Sehgal:

    No matter how beautiful and fragrant the rose stays, it naturally blooms between the thorns, which no one embraces the thorny rose. Similarly, no matter how lovely can be a family head, but its old trend principles and self-restricted thoughts certainly cause a bitter, even poisonous atmosphere.

  5. Wendy Young:

    There are some really thorny legal questions that arise.

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