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English adjective: knotty

1. knotty making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

SamplesA baffling problem.
I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast.
A problematic situation at home.

Synonymsbaffling, elusive, problematic, problematical, tough

Similardifficult, hard


2. knotty used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots

SamplesGnarled and knotted hands.
A knobbed stick.

Synonymsgnarled, gnarly, knobbed, knotted



3. knotty highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

SamplesThe 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.
Tortuous legal procedures.
Tortuous negotiations lasting for months.

SynonymsByzantine, convoluted, involved, tangled, tortuous



4. knotty tangled in knots or snarls

SamplesA mass of knotted string.
Snarled thread.

Synonymssnarled, snarly



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