Nettle meaning

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Nettle is defined as to sting, poke or annoy.

An example of to nettle is to continuously poke someone with a stick.

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The definition of a nettle is a tall weed that has pointy hairs on the leaves and stems.

An example of a nettle is a stinging nettle.

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Any of various plants of the genus Urtica, having toothed leaves, unisexual apetalous flowers, and stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact.
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Any of various hairy, stinging, or prickly plants.
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To irritate; vex.
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Any of a genus (Urtica) of annual and perennial weeds of the nettle family with stinging hairs.
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Any of various other stinging or spiny plants.
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Designating a family (Urticaceae, order Urticales) of chiefly tropical, dicotyledonous plants covered typically with stinging hairs, including the ramie.
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To sting with or as with nettles.
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To irritate; annoy; vex.
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A herb of the genus Urtica, which is covered with stinging, mildly poisonous hairs, causing an instant rash.
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The non-stinging plant deadnettle, in the mint family, Lamiaceae.
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Loosely, anything which causes a similarly stinging rash, such as a jellyfish or sea-nettle.
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(literally) Of the nettle plant and similar physical causes, to sting causing a rash in someone.

The children were badly nettled after playing in the field.

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(figuratively) To pique, irritate, vex or provoke someone.
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To sting with or as if with a nettle.
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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 nædlæ "nettle"), a diminutive of *naton (of unknown origin, perhaps from the same source as net).

    From Wiktionary