nettle

  • 1 Nettle — Net tle, n. [AS. netele; akin to D. netel, G. nessel, OHG. nezz[ i]la, nazza, Dan. nelde, n[ a]lde, Sw. n[ a]ssla; cf, Lith. notere.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Urtica}, covered with minute sharp hairs containing a poison that produces a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 nettle — ► NOUN ▪ a plant having jagged leaves covered with stinging hairs. ► VERB ▪ annoy. ● grasp the nettle Cf. ↑grasp the nettle ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 nettle — [net′ l] n. [ME netle < OE netele, akin to Ger nessel < IE base * ned , to twist together > NET1: from the use of such plants as a source of spinning fiber] 1. any of a genus (Urtica) of annual and perennial weeds of the nettle family… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Nettle — Net tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nettled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Nettling}.] To fret or sting; to irritate or vex; to cause to experience sensations of displeasure or uneasiness not amounting to violent anger. [1913 Webster] The princes were so nettled… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 nettle — index aggravate (annoy), badger, discompose, disturb, hector, incense, irritate, offend ( …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 nettle — provoke, exasperate, *irritate, aggravate, rile, peeve Analogous words: *annoy, irk, bother, vex: disturb, perturb, agitate, upset, *discompose: fret, chafe, gall (see ABRADE) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 nettle — [v] provoke, upset annoy, chafe, disgust, disturb, exasperate, fret, get*, goad, harass, huff, incense, insult, irritate, miff, peeve*, pester, pet, pique, put out*, rile, roil, ruffle, snit*, stew*, sting*, tease, tiff*, vex; concepts 7,14,19… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 Nettle — Nettles redirects here. For people with this name, see Nettles (surname). For other uses, see Nettle (cryptographic library). Nettle Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) …

    Wikipedia

  • 9 nettle — /ˈnɛtl/ (say netl) noun 1. Also, stinging nettle. any plant of the genus Urtica, comprising widely distributed herbs armed with stinging hairs. 2. any of various allied or similar plants, as Gympie nettle. 3. → dead nettle. –verb (t) (nettled,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 10 nettle — {{11}}nettle (n.) stinging plant, O.E. netele, from P.Gmc. *natilon (Cf. O.S. netila, M.Du. netele, Du. netel, Ger. Nessel, M.Da. nædlæ nettle ), dim. of *naton, perhaps from PIE root *ned to twist, knot (see NET (Cf. net) ( …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 11 nettle — I UK [ˈnet(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms nettle : singular nettle plural nettles a tall plant with pointed leaves and small hairs that sting if you touch them • grasp the nettle II UK [ˈnet(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms nettle :… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 nettle — net|tle1 [ˈnetl] n also stinging nettle [: Old English; Origin: netel] a wild plant with rough leaves that sting you →grasp the nettle at ↑grasp1 (4), ↑stinging nettle nettle 2 nettle2 v be nettled (by sth) …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 nettle — nettlelike, adj. nettler, n. nettly, adj. /net l/, n., v., nettled, nettling. n. 1. any plant of the genus Urtica, covered with stinging hairs. Cf. nettle family. 2. any of various allied or similar plants. 3. grasp the nettle, Australian. to… …

    Universalium

  • 14 Nettle — Recorded in several spellings including Nettle, Nettell, the patronymic Nettles, and probably others, this is a medieval English surname. It has at least two possible origins. The most likely is a nickname for a person with the prickly… …

    Surnames reference

  • 15 nettle — didžioji dilgėlė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Dilgėlinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Urtica dioica), paplitęs Europoje, Azijoje, šiaurės Afrikoje ir Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Urtica dioica angl. European nettle;… …

    Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • 16 nettle — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English netel; akin to Old High German nazza nettle, Greek adikē Date: before 12th century 1. any of a genus (Urtica of the family Urticaceae, the nettle family) of chiefly coarse herbs armed with… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 nettle — 1. noun /ˈnet(ə)l/ a) A herb of the genus Urtica, which is covered with stinging, mildly poisonous hairs, causing an instant rash. b) The non stinging plant deadnettle, also in the nettle family, Urticaceae (named after the above). 2. verb …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 Nettle —    1) Heb. haral, pricking or burning, Prov. 24:30, 31 (R.V. marg., wild vetches ); Job 30:7; Zeph. 2:9. Many have supposed that some thorny or prickly plant is intended by this word, such as the bramble, the thistle, the wild plum, the cactus or …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 19 nettle — [[t]ne̱t(ə)l[/t]] nettles, nettling, nettled 1) N COUNT Nettles are wild plants which have leaves covered with fine hairs that sting you when you touch them. The nettles stung their legs. ...numerous clumps of stinging nettles dotted across the… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 nettle — noun a herbaceous plant having jagged leaves covered with stinging hairs. [Urtica dioica and other species.] ↘used in names of plants of a similar appearance, e.g. dead nettle. verb 1》 annoy; irritate. 2》 archaic sting with nettles. Phrases grasp …

    English new terms dictionary