English adjective: knotty
|1.||knotty making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe|
|Samples||A baffling problem.|
I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast.
A problematic situation at home.
|Synonyms||baffling, elusive, problematic, problematical, tough|
|2.||knotty used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots|
|Samples||Gnarled and knotted hands.|
A knobbed stick.
|Synonyms||gnarled, gnarly, knobbed, knotted|
|3.||knotty highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious|
|Samples||The Byzantine tax structure.|
Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship.
Convoluted legal language.
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.
|Synonyms||Byzantine, convoluted, involved, tangled, tortuous|
|4.||knotty tangled in knots or snarls|
|Samples||A mass of knotted string.|