knotty

Whether it’s pine or problems, sometimes the word knotty can apply to both. Knotty can describe something that has a lot of knots, either literally or figuratively.

The adjective knotty is a way to describe something that’s covered in knots. It can be used in a literal sense to refer to wood that is covered in hard, irregular knots — you’ve probably seen these circular, knobby imperfections that sometime appear on wood. The word can also be used figuratively to describe something that is intricate and difficult to solve, such as a knotty political problem involving two warring nations or a knotty legal issue involving complicated constitutional issues.

Primary Meanings of knotty

1.
adj
tangled in knots or snarls
2.
adj
used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
3.
adj
making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
Full Definitions of knotty
1

adj tangled in knots or snarls

Synonyms:
snarled, snarly
tangled
in a confused mass
2

adj used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots

Synonyms:
gnarled, gnarly, knobbed, knotted
crooked
having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned
3

adj making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

“I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast”
Synonyms:
baffling, elusive, problematic, problematical, tough
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

adj highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

“a knotty problem”
Synonyms:
Byzantine, convoluted, involved, tangled, tortuous
complex
complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts

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