Definition of


  1. (adj, all) making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
    I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast
    a problematic situation at home
  2. (adj, all) used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
    a knobbed stick
  3. (adj, all) highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
    Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship
    convoluted legal language
    convoluted reasoning
    the plot was too involved
    a knotty problem
    got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering
    Oh, what a tangled web we weave
    tortuous legal procedures
    tortuous negotiations lasting for months
  4. (adj, all) tangled in knots or snarls
    snarled thread

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Knotty

Derivations: knot, knottiness

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