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nettle

net·tle

nettle

pronunciation:
ne tl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition: one of a variety of herbs, the leaves of which are covered with hairs that release a stinging substance when touched.
She was stung by nettles as she fled through the woods.
similar words:
thistle
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: nettled, nettles, nettling
definition 1: to provoke, irritate, or annoy.
Her superior attitude and supreme confidence nettled him.
synonyms:
aggravate, annoy, exasperate, gall, harass, irritate, needle, provoke, rankle, rile, torment, vex
similar words:
anger, bother, grate, gripe, inflame, irk, miff, offend, peeve, pester, rasp, ruffle
definition 2: to sting with or as if with the hairs of a nettle.
The thorns can nettle your skin.
similar words:
sting
derivation: nettly (adj.)