1 adj Something that is prickly feels rough and uncomfortable, as if it has a lot of prickles.
The bunk mattress was hard, the blankets prickly and slightly damp...
2 adj Someone who is prickly loses their temper or gets upset very easily.
You know how prickly she is.
3 adj A prickly issue or subject is one that is rather complicated and difficult to discuss or resolve.
(=thorny) The issue is likely to prove a prickly one.
Prickly heat is a condition caused by very hot weather, in which your skin becomes hot, uncomfortable, and covered with tiny bumps. n-uncount
prickly pear ( prickly pears plural ) A prickly pear is a kind of cactus that has round fruit with prickles on. The fruit, which you can eat, is also called a prickly pear. n-count
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