Definition of Knotty

1. Adjective. Making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe. "A problematic situation at home"

Exact synonyms: Baffling, Elusive, Problematic, Problematical, Tough
Similar to: Difficult, Hard
Derivative terms: Knottiness, Problem, Problem, Toughness



2. Adjective. Used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots. "A knobbed stick"
Exact synonyms: Gnarled, Gnarly, Knobbed, Knotted
Similar to: Crooked
Derivative terms: Gnarl

3. Adjective. Highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious. "Tortuous negotiations lasting for months"
Exact synonyms: Byzantine, Convoluted, Involved, Tangled, Tortuous
Similar to: Complex
Derivative terms: Knottiness, Tortuousness

4. Adjective. Tangled in knots or snarls. "Snarled thread"
Exact synonyms: Snarled, Snarly
Similar to: Tangled
Derivative terms: Knot, Knot, Snarl

Definition of Knotty

1. a. Full of knots; knotted; having many knots; as, knotty timber; a knotty rope.

Definition of Knotty

1. Adjective. Full of knots. ¹

2. Adjective. Complicated or tricky; complex; difficult. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Knotty

1. full of knots [adj -TIER, -TIEST] : KNOTTILY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Knotty

knots
knottable
knotted
knotted marjoram
knottedness
knotter
knotters
knottier
knottiest
knottily
knottiness
knottinesses
knotting
knottings
knottle
knotty (current term)
knotty pine
knotweed
knotweeds
knotwork
knotworks
knotwort
knotworts
knouleche
knout
knouted
knouting
knoutings
knouts

Literary usage of Knotty

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1. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1916)
"The eggs are laid In summer in masses on rough, scarred, or knotty places. They hatch In about six days and the young borers eat thru the bark Into the ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1891)
"Nov. propounded the knotty problems involved in I lie- restitution of Queen Isabella ... knotty ..."

3. The Laws of scientific hand reading: A Practical Treatise on the Art by William George Benham (1900)
"These smooth and knotty developments indicate two exactly opposite kinds of people. The smooth fingers are more often found on young persons, while knotty ..."

4. Elements of Criticism by Henry Home Kames (1807)
"... Thy knotty and combined locks to part, And each particular hair to Hand on end, Like quills upon the fretful porcupine: But this eternal blazon muft not ..."

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