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English noun: nettle

1. nettle (plant) any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)

Broader (hypernym)weed

Narrower (hyponym)artillery plant, clearweed, dead nettle, friendship plant, Laportea canadensis, panamica, panamiga, Pilea involucrata, Pilea microphylla, Pilea pumilla, richweed, Roman nettle, stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, Urtica pipulifera, wood nettle

English verb: nettle

1. nettle (perception) sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bite, burn, sting

Verb groupurticate

2. nettle (emotion) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

SamplesMosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me.
It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to nettle Sue

Synonymsannoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, rag, rile, vex

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)displease

Narrower (hyponym)antagonise, antagonize, beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, eat into, fret, fret, get, get under one's skin, grate, harass, harry, hassle, molest, peeve, plague, provoke, rankle, ruffle

Verb groupchafe

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