net·​tle·​some ˈne-tᵊl-səm How to pronounce nettlesome (audio)
: causing vexation : irritating

Example Sentences

a few nettlesome details that still required attention
Recent Examples on the Web By launching a moralistic crusade against the isolationist senator, the Post could not only discredit one of the president’s most nettlesome critics. James Kirchick, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 But the quest to arrest Caro Quintero was in fact one of the most nettlesome U.S. objectives in Mexico for nearly a decade, a wedge between the two nations that seemed to never go away. Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 23 July 2022 That was, of course, a singular moment for the network, one that forced HBO to very quickly come to terms with a nettlesome dilemma potentially more fearsome than any Targaryen dragon: After a hit as big as Game of Thrones, what comes next? Andy Meek, BGR, 18 Aug. 2022 But with the funding in limbo, party leaders were glad to make progress on another nettlesome matter before the long recess. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 While that reduced the chances of a massive gulf between the sides, with one hoping for a significant alteration to the landscape, the issues have remained nettlesome enough to keep them apart. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2022 The answer to that question is nettlesome and elusive, at least according to a new analysis. Ed Silverman, STAT, 5 Dec. 2021 Prices on a range of products rose 6.2 percent over the last year, according to recent government data, and rising energy prices have emerged as one of the most nettlesome and visible parts of the price increases hitting the American economy. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 Despite the passage of the bill, the Biden administration will now face nettlesome challenges that have helped drive down the President's approval ratings just as the midterm campaign begins to fire up. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nettlesome was in 1845

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“Nettlesome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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