Thick with thorns
barbed, spiny, prickly, bristly, bristled, stinging, thistly, briery, spiky, setaceous, echinate; see also sharp 2.
Antonyms smooth*, soft, glabrous.
bothersome, perplexing, formidable; see difficult 1, 2.
Full of sharp needlelike protuberances:
So replete with interlocking points and complications as to be painfully irritating:
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