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knotty meaning and definition

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KNOTTY adjective

Definition of knotty (adjective)

  1. making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
  2. used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
  3. highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
    • "the Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"
    • synonyms: Byzantine, convoluted, involved, tangled, tortuous
  4. tangled in knots or snarls
    • "a mass of knotted string"; "snarled thread"
    • synonyms: snarled, snarly
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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