Adjective "nettle" definition and examples

(Nettle may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A herbaceous plant which has jagged leaves covered with stinging hairs.
  1. 'For instance, there are botanical-based hair colorants rich in herbs such as nettle, sage, red sorrel, rosemary and burdock.'
  2. 'These so-called host plants include many broadleaf weeds and cover crops such as nettles, mallow, chicory, dandelion, thistles, bindweed, deadly nightshade, and many clovers.'
  3. 'Dead nettles are ground cover perennials with leaves that are marked in silver.'


Irritate or annoy (someone)
  1. 'Zimbabwe's ongoing political crisis again nettled Southern African leaders, who were wrapping up a two-day summit here yesterday.'
  2. 'In conclusion, the inspector offered his resignation to the Board, being much nettled by an accusation of incompetence in the London papers.'
  3. 'It was probably your first time trying to act authoritative, since he nettled you so.'
  4. 'Apparently you'll be able to tolerate me nettling you then, huh?'
  5. 'Ninkovich will nettle critics of imperialism.'
  6. 'Perhaps it nettled me so much because it was so close to the truth.'
  7. 'Studios are understandably nettled by deals like these because they enable stars in some cases to earn more than the studio.'
  8. 'O'Brian himself was always nettled by the inevitable comparison of his own works with CS Forester's Hornblower saga.'
  9. 'But it's clear that some of the more caustic comments about them continue to nettle Mik Pyro.'
  10. 'One remark of Don's, however, nettled me for its pre-emptive protecting of the poet.'
Sting with nettles.
  1. 'The weeds on either side had been cut during the last few days, otherwise I suspect my legs would have been badly nettled.'

More definitions

1. any plant of the genus Urtica, covered with stinging hairs.Compare nettle family.

2. any of various allied or similar plants. verb (used with object), nettled, nettling.

3. to irritate, annoy, or provoke.

4. to sting as a nettle does. Idioms

5. grasp the nettle, Australian. to undertake or tackle an unpleasant task.

More examples(as adjective)

"woodlands can be nettle."


Old English netle, netele, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch netel and German Nessel. The verb dates from late Middle English.