Definition of


  1. (adj, all) having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
    bristly shrubs
    burred fruits
    setaceous whiskers
  2. (adj, all) very irritable
    he became prickly and spiteful
    witty and waspish about his colleagues

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Prickly

Derivations: prickle, prickliness

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