Synonyms for thorny

Synonyms for (adjective) thorny

Synonyms: barbed, barbellate, thorny, setaceous, setose, spiny, briary, briery, bristled, bristly, burred, burry, prickly

Definition: having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

Usage: a horse with a short bristly mane; bristly shrubs; burred fruits; setaceous whiskers

Similar words: armed

Definition: (used of plants and animals) furnished with bristles and thorns


Synonyms: thorny

Definition: bristling with perplexities

Usage: the thorny question of states' rights

Similar words: difficult, hard

Definition: not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

Usage: a difficult task; nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access; difficult times; why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?