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 With the passage of the infrastructure bill, Senators Manchin and Sinema have less reason than ever to listen to further carping on the matter from their nettlesome critics. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 14 Aug. 2021 One example is the nettlesome ROI requirement being imposed. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 3 June 2021 That’s just one of many nettlesome questions facing Major League Baseball in a season where the pitcher-hitter relationship is overwhelmingly one-sided, as myriad batting benchmarks find a low-water mark not reached since 1968. USA Today, 11 May 2021 After months of squabbling, Congress passed the compromise measures, but Mexico’s antislavery policies continued to be a nettlesome presence on the American political scene. David S. Reynolds, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 One of the most nettlesome bad actors in this regard is/was the ransomware family called NetWalker. Andy Meek, BGR, 18 Mar. 2021 The process was designed to iron out kinks in nettlesome budgets, not necessarily major social programs. Philip Elliott, Time, 2 Mar. 2021 The arguments that abound include that the program does not actually amount to forgiveness, that there are tax implications, and that there are nettlesome legal issues. Thomas W. Miller Jr., National Review, 15 Dec. 2020 As vice president, Obama put Biden in charge of a range of nettlesome global issues – dispatching him to more than 50 countries over his eight years. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of nettlesome

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nettlesome was in 1845

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26 Aug 2021

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“Nettlesome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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