|1.||[ verb ] goad or provoke,as by constant criticism|
"He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"
|Related terms:||harass goad|
|2.||[ verb ] sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation|
|Related terms:||bite urticate urtication|
|3.||[ verb ] cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations|
|Synonyms:||bother annoy irritate vex nark devil get_at gravel chafe rile get_to rag|
: "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me" "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
|Related terms:||displease harass antagonize ruffle torment get grate peeve fret chafe botheration mischief annoyance pique tease irritant aggravation annoyance|
|4.||[ noun ] (botany) any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)|
|Related terms:||weed Roman_nettle richweed artillery_plant friendship_plant wood_nettle stinging_nettle|