Knotty - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈnɑːti|  American pronunciation of the word knotty
Brit.  |ˈnɒti|  British pronunciation of the word knotty

adjective

- making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe(syn: baffling, elusive, problematic, problematical, tough)

I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast

- used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots (syn: gnarled, gnarly, knobbed, knotted)
- highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious(syn: byzantine, convoluted, involved, tangled, tortuous)

a knotty problem

- tangled in knots or snarls (syn: snarled, snarly)

Examples

...the knotty problems that arise when every nation is part of the global marketplace...

...the candidates cautiously gave their views on an array of knotty issues...

I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast

Word forms

adjective
comparative: knottier
superlative: knottiest
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