Definition of thorny adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈθɔːni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈθɔːrni//
    (thornier, thorniest)
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  1. 1[usually before noun] causing difficulty or disagreement synonym knotty a thorny question/issue/problem There are still some thorny questions to be answered. They must tackle the thorny issue of refugees to negotiate a final settlement.
  2. 2having thorns a thorny bush
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