1HBP covered with thin sharp points:
a plant with prickly leaves
2 if your skin feels prickly, it stings slightly:
His skin felt painful and prickly.
The base of my neck was prickly with sweat.
3 something that is prickly makes your skin sting slightly:
a prickly woollen sweater
4 informal 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.
5 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]

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