nettlesome

adjective
net·​tle·​some | \ˈne-tᵊl-səm \

Definition of nettlesome 

: causing vexation : irritating

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of nettlesome in a Sentence

a few nettlesome details that still required attention

Recent Examples on the Web

But how to enshrine DACA protections into law is a nettlesome issue. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Paul Ryan scrambles to calm GOP insurrection over immigration," 2 Oct. 2018 But how to enshrine DACA protections into law is a nettlesome issue. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Paul Ryan scrambles to calm GOP insurrection over immigration," 2 Oct. 2018 But how to enshrine DACA protections into law is a nettlesome issue. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Paul Ryan scrambles to calm GOP insurrection over immigration," 2 Oct. 2018 There were no nettlesome questions from television or newspaper reporters. New York Times, "Never Mind the News Media: Politicians Test Direct-to-Voter Messaging," 31 May 2018 Without polling, many Democrats have admitted that the politics of this are nettlesome; the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has provided talking points on ICE which do not call for abolition. Rachel Van Dongen, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: One Republican senator has the power to defeat Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 2 July 2018 But how to enshrine DACA protections into law is a nettlesome issue. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Paul Ryan scrambles to calm GOP insurrection over immigration," 7 June 2018 The problem for some Republicans is that Denham’s approach puts them on the record voting for and against a nettlesome issue like immigration and DACA policy months before the midterm election. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Fate of 'dreamers' could rest on 'queen of the hill' gambit," 19 Apr. 2018 And there is a self-righteous streak in Hawking that some colleagues find nettlesome. Jerry Adler, Newsweek, "Stephen Hawking, Master of the Universe: Our 1988 Cover Story on the Legendary Physicist," 14 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nettlesome.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of nettlesome

1845, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nettlesome

Share nettlesome

Statistics for nettlesome

Last Updated

14 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nettlesome

The first known use of nettlesome was in 1845

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on nettlesome

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with nettlesome

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for nettlesome

Comments on nettlesome

What made you want to look up nettlesome? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to make faulty or ineffective

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!