- n the quality of being covered with prickly thorns or spines
- n a rough and bitter manner
- Given Ferraro's thorniness, will she and Mondale be able to work together in the days ahead? Mondale aides are hopeful, but admit they do not know for sure.
- The thorniness of the disposal problem was aptly summed up by one Senate committee aide: "We don't need to do it in my backyard," he said.