from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various plants of the genus Urtica, having toothed leaves, unisexual apetalous flowers, and stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact.
  • noun Any of various hairy, stinging, or prickly plants.
  • transitive verb To sting with or as if with a nettle.
  • transitive verb To irritate; vex.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To sting; irritate or vex; provoke; pique.
  • noun Nautical, same as knittle, 2.
  • noun A herbaceous plant of the genus Urtica, armed with stinging hairs.
  • noun One of several plants of other genera of the nettle family (Urticaceæ); any nettle-like plant: generally with a qualifying word.
  • noun The white dead-nettle, Lamium album.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To fret or sting; to irritate or vex; to cause to experience sensations of displeasure or uneasiness not amounting to violent anger.
  • noun (Bot.) A plant of the genus Urtica, covered with minute sharp hairs containing a poison that produces a stinging sensation. Urtica gracilis is common in the Northern, and Urtica chamædryoides in the Southern, United States. The common European species, Urtica urens and Urtica dioica, are also found in the Eastern united States. Urtica pilulifera is the Roman nettle of England.
  • noun a kind of thick cotton stuff, japanned, and used as a substitute for leather for various purposes.
  • noun (Med.) an eruptive disease resembling the effects of whipping with nettles.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a medusa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A herb of the genus Urtica, which is covered with stinging, mildly poisonous hairs, causing an instant rash.
  • noun The non-stinging plant deadnettle, also in the nettle family, Urticaceae.
  • noun Loosely, anything which causes a similarly stinging rash, such as a jellyfish or sea-nettle.
  • verb literally Of the nettle plant and similar physical causes, to sting causing a rash in someone.
  • verb figuratively To pique, irritate, vex or provoke someone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)
  • verb cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
  • verb sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English netele; see ned- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old English netle, netele, netel from Proto-Germanic *natilōn (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).


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