What does nettle mean?

Definitions for nettle
ˈnɛt lnet·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nettleverb

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

  2. nettle, urticateverb

    sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation

  3. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devilverb

    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

    "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"


  1. nettlenoun

    A herb of the genus Urtica, which is covered with stinging, mildly poisonous hairs, causing an instant rash.

  2. nettlenoun

    The non-stinging plant deadnettle, also in the nettle family, Urticaceae (named after the above).

  3. nettlenoun

    Loosely, anything which causes a similarly stinging rash, such as a jellyfish or sea-nettle.

  4. nettleverb

    Of the nettle plant and similar physical causes, to sting causing a rash in someone.

    The children were badly nettled after playing in the field.

  5. nettleverb

    To pique, irritate, vex or provoke someone.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NETTLEnoun

    A stinging herb well known.

    Etymology: netel , Saxon.

    It hath an apetalous flower, consisting of many stamina included in an empalement; but these are barren; for the embryos are produced either on different plants, or on different parts of the same plant, without any visible flower, which becomes a bivalve seed-vessel, sometimes gathered into round heads, and at other times small and hairy, inclosing several seeds. Philip Miller.

    The strawberry grows underneath the nettle,
    And wholsom berries thrive and ripen best,
    Neighbour’d by fruit of baser quality. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    Some so like to thorns and nettles live,
    That none for them can, when they perish, grieve. Edmund Waller.

  2. To Nettleverb

    To sting; to irritate; to provoke.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The princes were so nettled at the scandal of this affront, that every man took it to himself. Roger L'Estrange.

    Although at every part of the Apostles discourse some of them might be uneasy and nettled, yet a moderate silence and attention was still observed. Richard Bentley.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nettlenoun

    a plant of the genus Urtica, covered with minute sharp hairs containing a poison that produces a stinging sensation. Urtica gracitis is common in the Northern, and U. chamaedryoides in the Southern, United States. the common European species, U. urens and U. dioica, are also found in the Eastern united States. U. pilulifera is the Roman nettle of England

  2. Nettleverb

    to fret or sting; to irritate or vex; to cause to experience sensations of displeasure or uneasiness not amounting to violent anger

  3. Etymology: [AS. netele; akin to D. netel, G. nessel, OHG. nezzla, nazza, Dan. nelde, nlde, Sw. nssla; cf, Lith. notere.]


  1. Nettle

    Nettles constitute between twenty-four and thirty-nine species of flowering plants of the genus Urtica in the family Urticaceae, with a cosmopolitan though mainly temperate distribution. They are mostly herbaceous perennial plants, but some are annual and a few are shrubby. Most of the species have stinging hairs on the stems and leaves. The most prominent member of the genus is the stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, native to Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. The genus also contains a number of other species with similar properties, listed below. However, a large number of species included within this genus in the older literature are now recognized as synonyms of Urtica dioica. Some of these taxa are still recognized as subspecies. Urtica nettles are food for the caterpillars of numerous Lepidoptera, such as the tortrix moth Syricoris lacunana and several Nymphalidae, such as Vanessa atalanta, one of the Red Admiral butterflies.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nettle

    net′l, n. a common plant covered with hairs which sting sharply.—v.t. to fret, as a nettle does the skin: to irritate.—ns. Nett′le-cloth, thick japanned cotton cloth used for leather; Nett′le-fish, a jelly-fish, sea-nettle; Nett′lerash, a kind of fever characterised by a rash or eruption on the skin; Nett′le-tree, a genus of trees, with simple and generally serrated leaves, the fruit a fleshy, globose, one-celled drupe; Nett′le-wort, any plant of the nettle family. [A.S. netele; Ger. nessel.]


  1. Nettle

    Nettle was a La Jolla, CA technology company that launched MovieGoer, a social/mobile/local app for moviegoers. The company was founded by Brian Dear (CEO) and Dan O’Neill (CTO) in late 2010. Investors included Google Ventures, Advancit Capital, and 500 Startups.

Editors Contribution

  1. nettle

    Nettle (noun) a plant that has hairy sting.

    Nettle from the genus laportea which was known as the lipa in Filipino. A plant that release venom substance that causes irritation to the skin. This irritation can be cured by the nettle’s duct tape.

    Submitted by pinkss5 on September 16, 2015  

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  1. telnet

  2. letten

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nettle in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nettle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of nettle in a Sentence

  1. Thornton Wilder:

    The comic spirit is given to us in order that we may analyze, weigh, and clarify things in us which nettle us, or which we are outgrowing, or trying to reshape.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Better to be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo.

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