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nettlesome

[net-l-suh m]
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adjective
  1. causing irritation, vexation, or annoyance: to cope with a nettlesome situation.
  2. easily provoked or annoyed: to become nettlesome over trivial matters.
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Origin of nettlesome

First recorded in 1760–70; nettle + -some1
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British Dictionary definitions for nettlesome

nettlesome

adjective
  1. causing or susceptible to irritation
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Word Origin and History for nettlesome

adj.

1766, from nettle (n.) + -some (1).

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