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Definition of thorny:

  1. Full of thorns or spines; rough with thorns; spiny; as, a thorny wood; a thorny tree; a thorny crown.
  2. Like a thorn or thorns; hence, figuratively, troublesome; vexatious; harassing; perplexing.

Synonyms:

frothy, waspish, brambly, gilt, gold-plated, cobbled, touchy, smooth, briary, intractable, furry, grass, mordacious, delicate, burred, difficult, hard, tricksy, soft, pricky, echinate, easy, pungent, barbellate, stinging, spiny, foamy, pain, sticky, setose, nipping, armed, intolerable, perplexing, dodgy, briery, setaceous, hairy, catchy, nettlesome, sensitive, barbed, prickly, burry, gift-wrapped, gilded, bristly, splenetic, problematic, nasty, biting, critical, awkward, armor-plated, bristled, impossible, testing.

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