nettlesome

adjective
net·​tle·​some | \ ˈne-tᵊl-səm How to pronounce nettlesome (audio) \

Definition of nettlesome

: causing vexation : irritating

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Examples of nettlesome in a Sentence

a few nettlesome details that still required attention
Recent Examples on the Web Nothing proved quite so nettlesome as the project closest to Mr. Biden’s heart. Glenn Thrush, New York Times, "Biden Camp Finds Selling Point in Ailing Economy: His Work on 2009 Recovery," 4 May 2020 An alley of that road at Polk Street, like parts of Eddy Street and other nettlesome tent haunts, regularly gets cleared and then repopulates with hard-core drug addicts within a day. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s new plan on Tenderloin homeless crisis confronts staggering numbers: 285% jump in tents," 6 May 2020 And that brings us to the most nettlesome portion of this equation. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "With MLB season delayed (at least) into May, these are the biggest questions about what 2020 may look like," 16 Mar. 2020 That probably must change if the Astros are to erase this 2-1 deficit and vanquish the nettlesome Nationals. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "'Tomorrow, he's going off': Astros confident in Alex Bregman despite World Series struggles," 26 Oct. 2019 Courtly and polite, Peterson speaks with a mild, Muppet-y voice, yet can’t resist being nettlesome: Kermit the Firebrand. Kyle Smith, National Review, "An Introduction to Jordan Peterson," 30 Oct. 2019 When her pledge to obey a voluntary campaign spending cap proved nettlesome, Ms. Harris did not hesitate to reverse herself, earning a hefty ethics fine. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Kamala Harris Was Ready to Brawl From the Beginning," 15 Sep. 2019 The bond market has also been a nettlesome factor for investors that are desperate for stable ground. Taylor Telford, BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks slump broadly as expanded US-China tariffs kick in," 3 Sep. 2019 Other areas of Mauritian law proved more nettlesome. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "How Sequoia Capital is trying to avoid taxes on over a billion dollars in Indian investments," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of nettlesome

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Nettlesome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nettlesome. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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