• (RP) IPA: /ˈθɔːni/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈθɔɹni/

thorny (comparative thornier, superlative thorniest)

  1. having thorns or spines
  2. (figuratively) troublesome or vexatious
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      the steep and thorny way to heaven
  3. aloof and irritable
    • , Good Wives
      'Come, Jo, don't be thorny. After studying himself to a skeleton all the week, a fellow deserves petting, and ought to get it.'
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