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nettlesome

[net-l-suh m] /ˈnɛt l səm/
adjective
1.
causing irritation, vexation, or annoyance:
to cope with a nettlesome situation.
2.
easily provoked or annoyed:
to become nettlesome over trivial matters.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; nettle + -some1
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British Dictionary definitions for nettlesome

nettlesome

/ˈnɛtəlsəm/
adjective
1.
causing or susceptible to irritation
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Word Origin and History for nettlesome
adj.

1766, from nettle (n.) + -some (1).

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