knotty - Dictionary definition and meaning for word knotty

(adj) making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
Example Sentence
  • a baffling problem
  • I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast
  • a problematic situation at home
(adj) used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
Synonyms : gnarled , gnarly , knobbed , knotted
Example Sentence
  • gnarled and knotted hands
  • a knobbed stick
(adj) highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
Example Sentence
  • the 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
(adj) tangled in knots or snarls
Synonyms : snarled , snarly
Example Sentence
  • a mass of knotted string
  • snarled thread

Memory aid to help you memorize this

knotty- with lots of knots -difficult to disentangle, difficult to manage.
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k+notty(naughty)..naughty childrens are difficult to manage.
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a NAUGHTY KNOT cannot be opened easily..
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knotty = k + not + ty; Katrina not try another time she is complex.
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knotty = kn + ot; Karnataka over time labor demands more than any other place.
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