prickly

prickly(
prih
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kli
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (spiky)
a. espinoso (plant)
The fruit from this plant is prickly, so be careful when you grab it.El fruto de esta planta es espinoso, así que ten cuidado cuando lo agarres.
This rose stem is very prickly.Este tallo de rosa es muy espinoso.
b. con púas (animal)
Helen says that even though the hedgehog is a prickly animal, it's also irresistibly cute.Helen dice que a pesar de que el erizo es un animal con púas, también es irresistiblemente lindo.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(irritable)
a. quisquilloso
You like Andy, don't you? - Are you kidding? He's a prickly little crybaby.¿Te gusta Andy, verdad? - ¿Bromeas? Es un llorón quisquilloso.
b. irritable
Don't touch that! Don't look at me like that! - Somebody's prickly today. What's the matter?¡No lo toques! ¡No me mires así! - Alguien está irritable hoy. ¿Qué te pasa?
c. enojadizo
Estela is prickly, but she's a fighter and that's very useful to our cause.Estela es enojadiza, pero es luchadora y eso es algo muy útil para nuestra causa.
d. enojón
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
(Nicaragua)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
Be careful when you talk to my brother. He's prickly.Ten cuidado cuando hables con mi hermano, es enojón.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(complicated)
a. espinoso
I don't want Peter to come to the meeting. He turns the simplest topics into prickly problems.No quiero que Peter venga a la reunión. Convierte los temas más sencillos en problemas espinosos.
b. peliagudo
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The situation was getting prickly, so Tom decided to leave at once.La situación se estaba poniendo peliaguda, así que Tom decidió irse de inmediato.
4. (scratchy)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
If you trim your bear and shampoo it, it will be a lot less prickly.Si te recortas la barba y te la lavas con champú, va a raspar mucho menos.
My wool sweater is so prickly that I'd rather be cold than wear it.Mi suéter de lana pica tanto que prefiero pasar frío a usarlo.
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prickly
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (animal)
a. cubierto(a) de púas
2. (plant)
a. espinoso(a)
3. (fig)
a. susceptible, irritable (person)
prickly pearchumbera f, nopal m
4. (sensation)
a. hormigueante
prickly heaterupción cutánea producida por el calor
prickly [ˈprɪklɪ]
adjective
pricklier (comparative)prickliest (superlative)
1 (spiky) espinoso
2 [+person] enojadizo
he's rather prickly about that sobre ese tema es algo quisquilloso
modifier
prickly heat (n) (Med) sarpullido (m) (causado por exceso de calor)
prickly pear (n) (plant) chumbera (f); nopal (m); (LAm) (fruit) higo (m) chumbo; tuna (f); (LAm)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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