knotty


adjective, knot·ti·er, knot·ti·est.

  1. having knots; full of knots: a knotty piece of wood.
  2. involved, intricate, or difficult: a knotty problem.

adjective -tier or -tiest

  1. (of wood, rope, etc) full of or characterized by knots
  2. extremely difficult or intricate
adj.

mid-13c. (figurative use early 13c.), from knot (n.) + -y (2). Related: Knottiness.

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