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Synonyms for knottyˈnɒt i

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough(adj)

    making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

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

    Synonyms:
    subtle, gnarled, involved, knotty, problematical, debatable, ruffianly, bad, rugged, toughened, problematic, snarly, baffling, gnarly, hard, tangled, sturdy, knobbed, tough, knotted, elusive, tortuous, convoluted, snarled

    Antonyms:
    easy, simple, untangled, straight

  2. gnarled, gnarly, knotted, knotty, knobbed(adj)

    used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots

    "gnarled and knotted hands"; "a knobbed stick"

    Synonyms:
    tangled, baffling, problematic, gnarly, convoluted, tortuous, gnarled, tough, snarly, problematical, involved, snarled, knotted, elusive, knotty, knobbed

    Antonyms:
    simple, easy, straight, untangled

  3. Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous(adj)

    highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

    "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"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"

    Synonyms:
    involved, knotty, problematical, twisty, convolute, twisting, winding, problematic, mired, gnarled, gnarly, tangled, knobbed, tough, knotted, elusive, snarly, voluminous, tortuous, convoluted, baffling, snarled

    Antonyms:
    easy, straight, untangled, simple

  4. knotty, snarled, snarly(adj)

    tangled in knots or snarls

    "a mass of knotted string"; "snarled thread"

    Synonyms:
    tangled, baffling, problematic, convoluted, tortuous, gnarled, knotty, tough, snarly, involved, knobbed, snarled, knotted, elusive, problematical, gnarly

    Antonyms:
    untangled, simple, straight, easy

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. knotty(a.)

    Synonyms:
    knotted, gnarled, full of knots, knaggy, knurly

  2. knotty(a.)

    Synonyms:
    intricate, difficult, perplexing, embarrassing, hard, troublesome

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List of paraphrases:

thorny, intractable


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