1. causing irritation or annoyance (Freq. 1)

tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork


aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport


found it galling to have to ask permission


an irritating delay


nettlesome paperwork


a pesky mosquito


swarms of pestering gnats


a plaguey newfangled safety catch


a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him


a vexatious child


it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong

Similar to: ↑disagreeable
Derivationally related forms: ↑plague (for: ↑plaguey), ↑plague (for: ↑plaguy)
2. easily irritated or annoyed

an incorrigibly fractious young man


not the least nettlesome of his countrymen

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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