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Meaning of spiny

spin•y

Pronunciation: (spī'nē), [key]
— spin•i•er, spin•i•est.
  1. abounding in or having spines; thorny, as a plant.
  2. covered with or having sharp-pointed processes, as an animal.
  3. in the form of a spine; resembling a spine; spinelike.
  4. troublesome or difficult to handle; thorny: a spiny problem.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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