spiky

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This word can also be spelled "spikey."
spiky(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (having spikes)
a. puntiagudo
It's common to see huge spiky wheel nuts on trucks in Mexico.Es común ver enormes tuercas puntiagudas en las ruedas de los camiones en México.
b. con pinchos
I have a plant with spiky leaves and white flowers growing in my garden.Tengo una planta en mi jardín con hojas con pinchos y flores blancas.
c. con púas
The hedgehog is a very spiky animal.El erizo es un animal con muchas púas.
d. con puntas
The porcupine's spiky coat protects it from predators.El pelaje con puntas del puercoespín lo protege de los depredadores.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(irritable) (United Kingdom)
a. susceptible
I think Greg is spiky because he hasn't had his cup of tea yet.Me parece que Greg está susceptible porque todavía no ha tomado su taza de té.
b. quisquilloso
My baby is spiky because she got vaccinated today.Mi bebé está quisquillosa porque hoy la vacunamos.
3. (related to hair)
a. de punta
That baboon looks scary with its flared nostrils and spiky hair.Ese babuino da miedo con sus fosas nasales anchas y los pelos de punta.
b. parado
Chris is coming over later for dinner. - You mean the guy with the spiky hair?Chris viene a cenar más tarde. - ¿Estás hablando del que tiene el pelo parado?
4. (pointed)
a. mordaz
Without losing his sense of humor, he fired off a spiky critique of racism.Sin perder su sentido del humor, lanzó una crítica mordaz al racismo.
b. hiriente
I avoided responding with spiky remarks because I felt sorry for her.Evité responder con comentarios hirientes porque me daba lástima.
c. punzante
When the interviewer asked her about her ex-husband, she gave a rather spiky reply.Cuando el entrevistador le preguntó acerca de su exesposo, dio una respuesta punzante.
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spiky
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (general)
a. espinoso(a)
spiky hairpelo de punta
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spiky [ˈspaɪkɪ]
adjective
spikier (comparative)spikiest (superlative)
1 (sharp, pointed) puntiagudo; (thorny) cubierto de púas; (Zool) erizado; [+hair] de punta
2 (Britain) (irritable) [+person] quisquilloso; susceptible
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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