verb (used with object), net·tled, net·tling.
Origin of nettle
Related Words for nettledtiff, sting, pique, rile, snit, irritate, pet, pester, goad, vex, insult, disgust, annoy, ruffle, exasperate, get, roil, stew, fret, chafe
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Historical Examples of nettled
"That mare'll beat him," retorted Porter, curtly, nettled by the other's cocksureness.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
No doubt from his point of view this notion was natural, but it nettled me.In the Valley
But it nettled her that everybody should be so congratulatory, and nobody surprised.Southern Lights and Shadows
A question so unexpected, nettled Solomon Daisy not a little.Barnaby Rudge
"I did not do it," said Paul, nettled at the charge, and growing red in the face.Winning His Way
Charles Carleton Coffin
Word Origin for nettle
"vexed, irritated," c.1400, figurative adjectival use of past participle of nettle (v.).
stinging plant, Old English netele, from Proto-Germanic *natilon (cf. Old Saxon netila, Middle Dutch netele, Dutch netel, German Nessel, M.Da. nædlæ "nettle"), diminutive of *naton, perhaps from PIE root *ned- "to twist, knot" (see net (n.)). "[N]ettles or plants of closely related genera such as hemp were used as a source of fiber" [Watkins].