Synonyms for Prickly:


irritable (adjective)
bearish, spiteful, acid, crusty, tart, cantankerous, petty, crabbed, snappish, cranky, peevish, churlish, caustic, acerbic, irascible, bitter, surly, bellicose, acrimonious, cross, petulant, touchy, huffy, sour, irritable.
irritable, bad-tempered (adjective)
touchy, peevish, cantankerous, snappish, waspish, petulant, fractious, irritable.
sharp (adjective)
needle-point, sagittal, thorny, spiny, razor-edged, pointy, spiky, sharp, spinous, acute, barbed, spiked, spear-like, needle-like, bristly, Thistly, cutting, pointed, briery, keen, jagged.
thorny or difficult (adjective)
spiny, nettlesome, barbed, sharp, troublesome, pointed, briery, bristly.


irregular, uneven, rugged, ragged, abrasive, coarse, textured. disruptive, Echinate, embarrassing, bad, Pricky, contentious, adverse, fraught, troublesome, invidious. furry, gift-wrapped, gilded, foamy, gold-plated, frothy, armor-plated, gilt, Cobbled, grass. prickly (noun)
barbellate, armed, bristly, waspish, burred, burry, bristled, thorny, barbed, spiny, briary, briery, ill-natured, splenetic.

Other synonyms:

ragged, textured, Pricky, Echinate, rugged. abrasive, nettlesome, coarse. Other relevant words:
bad-tempered, irregular, gold-plated, barbellate, contentious, textured, abrasive, gilt, nettlesome, fractious, hot-tempered, gilded, waspish, temperamental, frothy, burry, burred, gift-wrapped, pain, troublesome, foamy, disruptive, moody, briery, briary, bristled, uneven, fraught, adverse, Cobbled, splenetic, embarrassing, ragged, furry, rugged, armor-plated, invidious, armed, Pricky, Echinate, ill-natured, grass, bad, coarse.

Usage examples for prickly

  1. Prickly Porky wasn't even in sight. – The-Burgess-Animal-Book-for-Children by Burgess, Thornton W. (Thornton Waldo)
  2. Worse than that, he knocked Stickly- Prickly away and away into the woods and the bushes, where it was too dark to find him. – Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  3. His scarlet uniform was very bright against the huge iron- grey steed on whose broad back he nodded with hat pressed down as far as his fierce prickly eyebrows, with pigtail bobbing to the motion and with sword whose martial clangour recalled every famous battle in the history of the world. – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie