spiky
also spikey adjective (spikier; -est) Date: 1578 1. of, relating to, or characterized by spikes <
spiky barbed wire
>
2. sharply irritating or acerbic (as in temper or manner) • spikily adverbspikiness noun

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  • Spiky — Spik y, a. 1. Like a spike; spikelike. [1913 Webster] These spiky, vivid outbursts of metallic vapors. C. A. Young. [1913 Webster] 2. Having a sharp point, or sharp points; furnished or armed with spikes. [1913 Webster] Or by the spiky harrow… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spiky — 1720, from SPIKE (Cf. spike) (n.1) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Spikiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • spiky — ► ADJECTIVE (spikier, spikiest) 1) like a spike or spikes or having many spikes. 2) informal easily annoyed; irritable. DERIVATIVES spikily adverb spikiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • spiky — [spī′kē] adj. spikier, spikiest 1. shaped like a spike; long and pointed 2. having spikes 3. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] not amiable or companionable; bristling, irascible, etc. spikiness n …   English World dictionary

  • spiky — spik|y [ˈspaıki] adj 1.) hair that is spiky is stiff and stands up on top of your head ▪ short black spiky hair 2.) having long sharp points ▪ a spiky cactus 3.) BrE informal easily offended or annoyed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spiky — [[t]spa͟ɪki[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is spiky has one or more sharp points. Her short spiky hair is damp with sweat. ...tall, spiky evergreen trees …   English dictionary

  • spiky — UK [ˈspaɪkɪ] / US adjective Word forms spiky : adjective spiky comparative spikier superlative spikiest 1) with a lot of spikes 2) spiky hair sticks up …   English dictionary

  • spiky — spik|y [ spaıki ] adjective something spiky has a lot of SPIKES a. spiky hair sticks up …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spiky — adjective 1 having long sharp points: a spiky cactus 2 hair that is spiky is stiff and stands up on top of your head 3 BrE informal easily offended or annoyed spikiness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • spiky — adj. Spiky is used with these nouns: ↑hair, ↑haircut …   Collocations dictionary

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