any plant of the genus Urtica, covered with stinging hairs.: Compare nettle family.
any of various allied or similar plants.
to irritate, annoy, or provoke.
to sting as a nettle does.
Idioms about nettle
grasp the nettle, Australian. to undertake or tackle an unpleasant task.
- net·tle·like, adjective
- nettler, noun
- nettly, adjective
- un·net·tled, adjective
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How to use nettle in a sentence
It nettled him; it broke down his habitual composure, and it was a relief to him when the conference came to a close.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Lady Hartledon understood the implication; she felt nettled, and a flush rose to her face.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
His indifference nettled her, and she picked up her work, resolved not to offer him the least assistance.Summer | Edith Wharton
I thought he would never have ended; and I felt nettled that my remark should have given rise to such immoderate mirth.Confessions of a Thug | Philip Meadows Taylor
I was nettled now at all these things which were coming to puzzle and perturb an honest fellow out for a morning ride.The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for nettle
any weedy plant of the temperate urticaceous genus Urtica, such as U. dioica (stinging nettle), having serrated leaves with stinging hairs and greenish flowers
any of various other urticaceous plants with stinging hairs or spines
any of various plants that resemble urticaceous nettles, such as the dead-nettle, hemp nettle, and horse nettle
grasp the nettle to attempt or approach something with boldness and courage
to bother; irritate
to sting as a nettle does
- nettle-like, adjective
- nettly, adjective
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