Definitions

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  • adj. Of, resembling, or overgrown with nettles.

Etymologies

nettle +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He should have trouble yet with her, hideous scenes, in which the corpse of his dead lust would be dragged up, a thing to shudder at, out of its nettly grave.

    Red Pottage

  • I’ve often thought epistolary exchange between writers to be the most nettly of writing, both the most effusive and the most sincere, the most pretentious and the most vein-splittingly self-conscious.

    Sono and Moso | Miette's Bedtime Story Podcast

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  • adj., Of a place: overgrown with nettles; Suggestive of nettles or their flavor, etc.; Of a person: irritable.
    (Nettle + -y. Dutch netelig, 'tricky, ticklish, delicate,' could perhaps be a parallel formation, but is not recorded in the literal sense, and many etymologists connect it instead with Middle Dutch and Middle Low German nīten, 'to hit, push.')

    August 6, 2008