verb (used with object), net·tled, net·tling.
- netted melon,
- nettilling lake,
- nettle cell,
- nettle family,
- nettle rash,
Origin of nettle
Examples from the Web for nettled
"Well, I don't care," said Philip, who was nettled by this implication.That Fortune|Charles Dudley Warner
This reflection upon my speech pained even more than it nettled me.In the Valley|Harold Frederic
But the nettled spirit of the Padishah was far from subdued.The Captain of the Janizaries|James M. Ludlow
Perhaps some of them suspected that this was exactly why she did get him, and it but nettled them the more.The Troll Garden and Selected Stories|Willa Cather
There was something in the way he spoke, a note of arrogance, a suggestion of truculence, which nettled Gorman.The Island Mystery|George A. Birmingham
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].