An example of to nettle is to continuously poke someone with a stick.
An example of a nettle is a stinging nettle.
The children were badly nettled after playing in the field.
Origin of nettle
- Middle English from Old English netele ned- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old English netle, netele, netel from Proto-Germanic *natilÇ (cogate with Old Saxon netila, Middle Dutch netele (modern netel), German Nessel, Middle Danish nÃ¦dlÃ¦ "nettle"), a diminutive of *naton (of unknown origin, perhaps from the same source as net).