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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


Antonymseasy

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


Similarcrooked


Antonymsstraight

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


Similarcomplex


Antonymssimple

4. knotty tangled in knots or snarls


SamplesA mass of knotted string.
Snarled thread.


Synonymssnarled, snarly


Similartangled


Antonymsuntangled









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