1. [ verb ] goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
Synonyms: needle goad

"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
Synonyms: urticate
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
Similar spelling:   needle