covered with thin sharp points:
a plant with prickly leaves
if your skin feels prickly, it stings slightly:
His skin felt painful and prickly.
The base of my neck was prickly with sweat.
something that is prickly makes your skin sting slightly:
a prickly woollen sweater
someone who is prickly gets annoyed or offended easily:
She was prickly and sharp with me.
As she got older, she became more prickly and forgetful.
a prickly subject causes a lot of disagreements and difficulties:
We finally turned to the prickly question of who was going to pay.
—prickliness noun [uncountable]