1. [ adjective ] causing irritation or annoyance
Synonyms: pestering annoying galling irritating plaguy teasing pesky plaguey vexing vexatious pestiferous bothersome

"tapping an annoying rhythm" "a particularly bothersome noise" "found it galling to have to ask permission" "an irritating delay" "nettlesome paperwork" "a pesky mosquito" "swarms of pestering gnats"

Related terms: disagreeable
2. [ adjective ] easily irritated or annoyed
Synonyms: irritable peevish testy peckish fractious petulant pettish tetchy techy cranky

"an incorrigibly fractious young man" "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"

Related terms: ill-natured
Similar spelling:   Nettles