Full of sharp points or prickles; armed or covered with prickles; as, a prickly shrub.
- Having prickles.
- Prickling or tingling or smarting: a prickly sensation in my foot.
- Causing trouble or vexation; thorny: a prickly situation.
- Bristling or irritable: "In consequence, he became rebarbative, prickly, spiteful” ( Robert Craft).