urticate

[ ur-ti-keyt ]
/ ˈɜr tɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), ur·ti·cat·ed, ur·ti·cat·ing.

to sting with or as if with nettles.
to whip with or as if with nettles, especially so as to produce a stinging sensation; flog; lash.

verb (used without object), ur·ti·cat·ed, ur·ti·cat·ing.

to sting in the manner of a nettle.

QUIZZES

CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH THIS MIDDLE SCHOOL PART OF SPEECH QUIZ!

How well do you know your adjectives from your adverbs? Your preposition from your pronouns? Your interjections from your conjunctions? Let’s put your knowledge of parts of speech to the text! Note: Many of the following questions will ask you to identify the parts of speech “in order.” That means the first word in all capital letters will correspond to the first option in an answer, and so on.
Question 1 of 10
In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.

Origin of urticate

1835–45; < Medieval Latin urtīcātus (past participle of urtīcāre to sting), equivalent to Latin urtīc(a) nettle + -ātus -ate1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for urticate

urticate
/ (ˈɜːtɪˌkeɪt) /

adjective

Also: urticant (ˈɜːtɪkənt) characterized by the presence of weals

verb

to perform urtication

Word Origin for urticate

C19: from Medieval Latin urtīcāre to sting, from Latin urtīca a nettle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for urticate

urticate
[ ûrtĭ-kāt′ ]

v.

To undergo urtication.

adj.

Characterized by the presence of urticaria.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.