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Definition 1: highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where knotty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for knotty in the sense of this definition

(knotty is similar to ...) complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts

"a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody" "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"

Definition 2: used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where knotty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • gnarled and knotted hands
  • a knobbed stick

Synonyms for knotty in the sense of this definition

(knotty is similar to ...) having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned

"crooked country roads" "crooked teeth"

Definition 3: making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where knotty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a baffling problem
  • I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast
  • a problematic situation at home

Synonyms for knotty in the sense of this definition

(knotty is similar to ...) not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

"a difficult task" "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access" "difficult times" "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"

Definition 4: tangled in knots or snarls - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where knotty or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a mass of knotted string
  • snarled thread

Synonyms for knotty in the sense of this definition

(knotty is similar to ...) in a confused mass

"pushed back her tangled hair" "the tangled ropes"

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