adjective Date: 1766 causing vexation ; irritating

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • nettlesome — ettlesome adj. same as {irritating}, 1. Syn: annoying, galling, chafing, irritating, pesky, pestiferous, pestilent, plaguy, plaguey, teasing, vexatious, vexing. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nettlesome — (adj.) 1766, from NETTLE (Cf. nettle) (n.) + SOME (Cf. some) …   Etymology dictionary

  • nettlesome — [adj] irritating aggravating, annoying, bothersome, burdensome, distressing, disturbing, exasperating, irksome, nagging, troublesome, trying, vexatious, vexing; concepts 529,537 …   New thesaurus

  • nettlesome — [net′ lsəm] adj. that nettles or irritates …   English World dictionary

  • nettlesome — /net l seuhm/, adj. 1. causing irritation, vexation, or annoyance: to cope with a nettlesome situation. 2. easily provoked or annoyed: to become nettlesome over trivial matters. [1760 70; NETTLE + SOME1] * * * …   Universalium

  • nettlesome — adjective a) Thorny; hard to deal with: The task of proving Fermat’s “last” theorem remains nettlesome. b) Causing irritation or discomfort The subject of noxious plants is a nettlesome one …   Wiktionary

  • nettlesome — adjective 1. causing irritation or annoyance (Freq. 1) tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport found it galling to have to ask permission an irritating delay nettlesome… …   Useful english dictionary

  • nettlesome — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. irritating, annoying, aggravating, vexatious, vexing, disturbing, perturbing, irksome, rankling, thorny. ANT.: pleasing, delightful, relieving II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Troubling the nerves or peace of …   English dictionary for students

  • nettlesome — net|tle|some [ netlsəm ] adjective FORMAL annoying …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nettlesome — netlsÉ™m adj. bothersome, troublesome; easily vexed or irritated …   English contemporary dictionary

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