nettlesome

adjective
1. causing irritation or annoyance (Freq. 1)
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tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork

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aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport

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found it galling to have to ask permission

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an irritating delay

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nettlesome paperwork

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a pesky mosquito

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swarms of pestering gnats

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a plaguey newfangled safety catch

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a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him

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a vexatious child

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it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong

Syn:
Similar to: ↑disagreeable
Derivationally related forms: ↑plague (for: ↑plaguey), ↑plague (for: ↑plaguy)
2. easily irritated or annoyed
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an incorrigibly fractious young man

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not the least nettlesome of his countrymen

Syn:
cranky, ↑fractious, ↑irritable, ↑peevish, ↑peckish, ↑pettish, ↑petulant, ↑scratchy, ↑testy, ↑tetchy, ↑techy
Similar to: ↑ill-natured
Derivationally related forms:

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  • nettlesome — ettlesome adj. same as {irritating}, 1. Syn: annoying, galling, chafing, irritating, pesky, pestiferous, pestilent, plaguy, plaguey, teasing, vexatious, vexing. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nettlesome — (adj.) 1766, from NETTLE (Cf. nettle) (n.) + SOME (Cf. some) …   Etymology dictionary

  • nettlesome — [adj] irritating aggravating, annoying, bothersome, burdensome, distressing, disturbing, exasperating, irksome, nagging, troublesome, trying, vexatious, vexing; concepts 529,537 …   New thesaurus

  • nettlesome — [net′ lsəm] adj. that nettles or irritates …   English World dictionary

  • nettlesome — /net l seuhm/, adj. 1. causing irritation, vexation, or annoyance: to cope with a nettlesome situation. 2. easily provoked or annoyed: to become nettlesome over trivial matters. [1760 70; NETTLE + SOME1] * * * …   Universalium

  • nettlesome — adjective a) Thorny; hard to deal with: The task of proving Fermat’s “last” theorem remains nettlesome. b) Causing irritation or discomfort The subject of noxious plants is a nettlesome one …   Wiktionary

  • nettlesome — adjective Date: 1766 causing vexation ; irritating …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nettlesome — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. irritating, annoying, aggravating, vexatious, vexing, disturbing, perturbing, irksome, rankling, thorny. ANT.: pleasing, delightful, relieving II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Troubling the nerves or peace of …   English dictionary for students

  • nettlesome — net|tle|some [ netlsəm ] adjective FORMAL annoying …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nettlesome — netlsÉ™m adj. bothersome, troublesome; easily vexed or irritated …   English contemporary dictionary

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