adjective: 1. Having knots; gnarled. 2. Intricate; difficult to solve.
From Old English cnotta. Earliest documented use: Before 1240.
“The government’s collapse presents a new set of knotty difficulties for the EU.”
Seven Days; The Irish Times; Mar 26, 2011.
“Mr. Frishberg’s pianism, with its knotty chords and staccato phrases, was as spiky and emphatic as his personality.”
Stephen Holden; Bernie, Dorothy, and That Interior Voice; The New York Times; Mar 22, 2011.
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