Synonyms of prickly in English:

prickly


See definition of prickly

adjective

1‘the hedgehog curled up into a prickly ball’

SYNONYMS
spiky, spiked, thorny, barbed, spiny, pronged, bristled, bristly
briary, brambly, burry, rough, scratchy, sharp
technical spiculate, spicular, aculeate, barbellate, spinose, spinous, muricate, setaceous

2‘my skin feels all prickly’

SYNONYMS
tingly, tingling, prickling, stinging, smarting, itching, itchy, creeping, crawling

3‘Mr Griffith was a prickly character’

SYNONYMS
irritable, irascible, peevish, fractious, fretful, cross, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, miserable, morose, petulant, pettish, peppery, on edge, edgy, impatient, complaining, querulous, bitter, moody, huffy, grumpy, scratchy, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, sullen, surly, sulky, sour, churlish, touchy, testy, tetchy, grouchy, snappish, waspish, crusty, bilious, liverish, dyspeptic, splenetic, choleric
informal snappy, chippy, cranky
British informal narky, ratty, eggy, stroppy, shirty, whingy, whingeing
North American informal peckish, soreheaded
Australian, New Zealand informal snaky
informal, dated miffy, waxy
ANTONYMS

affable, easy-going

4‘the prickly question of compensation’

SYNONYMS
problematic, awkward, ticklish, tricky, delicate, sensitive, difficult, hard, baffling, perplexing, knotty, thorny, tough, troublesome, bothersome, trying, taxing, irksome, vexatious, worrying, concerning
complicated, complex, intricate, convoluted, involved
informal sticky
British informal dodgy