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Definition 1: any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae) - [noun denoting plant]

(nettle is a kind of ...) any plant that crowds out cultivated plants

(... is a kind of nettle ) perennial Eurasian nettle established in North America having broad coarsely toothed leaves with copious stinging hairs

(... is a kind of nettle ) annual European nettle with stinging foliage and small clusters of green flowers

(... is a kind of nettle ) American perennial herb found in rich woods and provided with stinging hairs; provides fibers used for textiles

(... is a kind of nettle ) a plants of the genus Pilea having drooping green flower clusters and smooth translucent stems and leaves

(... is a kind of nettle ) tropical American stingless nettle that discharges its pollen explosively

(... is a kind of nettle ) low stingless nettle of Central and South America having velvety brownish-green toothed leaves and clusters of small green flowers

Definition 2: cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations - [verb of emotion]

Samples where nettle or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me
  • It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves

Synonyms for nettle in the sense of this definition

(nettle is a kind of ...) give displeasure to

(... is a kind of nettle ) irritate

"Her childish behavior really get to me" "His lying really gets me"

(... is a kind of nettle ) gnaw into; make resentful or angry

"The injustice rankled her" "his resentment festered"

(... is a kind of nettle ) cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful

(... is a kind of nettle ) trouble or vex

"ruffle somebody's composure"

(... is a kind of nettle ) cause annoyance in

(... is a kind of nettle ) annoy continually or chronically

"He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked" "This man harasses his female co-workers"

(... is a kind of nettle ) provoke the hostility of

"Don't antagonize your boss"

(nettle has a similar meaning as ...) feel extreme irritation or anger

"He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"

Definition 3: sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation - [verb of perception]

Synonyms for nettle in the sense of this definition

(nettle is a kind of ...) cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

"The sun burned his face"

(nettle has a similar meaning as ...) whip with or as with nettles

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