adjective (pricklier; -est) Date: 1578 1. full of or covered with prickles; especially distinguished from related kinds by the presence of prickles 2. marked by prickling ; stinging <
a prickly sensation
3. a. troublesome, vexatious <
prickly issues
b. easily irritated <
had a prickly disposition
prickliness noun

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