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Meaning of thorny

thorn•y

Pronunciation: (thôr'nē), [key]
— thorn•i•er, thorn•i•est.
  1. abounding in or characterized by thorns; spiny; prickly.
  2. thornlike.
  3. overgrown with thorns or brambles.
  4. painful; vexatious: a thorny predicament.
  5. full of difficulties, complexities, or controversial points: a thorny question.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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