Thorns are sharp, pointed objects that are usually found on plants. They are used to protect the plant from being eaten or destroyed by animals.

  • The thorny plants are difficult to pull apart.

  • The thorny vines were trying to protect the tree from being eaten.

Definition of thorny


having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.


barbed, barbellate, briary, briery, bristled, bristly, burred, burry, prickly, setaceous, setose, spiny


bristling with perplexities

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Example Sentences for thorny

  • 1

    It was a thorny dilemma.

  • 2

    The issue of scale is a thorny one.

  • 3

    Both species of the genus are thorny shrubs.

  • 4

    He is scared of everything with a thorny twig.

  • 5

    The issue of the era notation is a thorny one.

  • 6

    The site is overgrown with shrubs and thorny plants.

  • 7

    The thorny varieties are replacing the trees with deciduous leaves.

  • 8

    These plants are a thorny weed, a soporific, and a poison, respectively.

  • 9

    These plants are a thorny, soporific and poisonous weed, respectively.

  • 10

    The composition and mandate of the international force is also a thorny issue.