Definition of nettlesome in US English:



  • Causing annoyance or difficulty.

    ‘complicated and nettlesome regional disputes’
    • ‘It's those last few factors that are particularly nettlesome.’
    • ‘Now, I'm not trying to be nettlesome or willfully dense.’
    • ‘The memorabilia problem is particularly nettlesome when dealing with an author whose fame derives from achievement on the playing fields or pop charts.’
    • ‘In a highly mobile nation like the United States, this is particularly nettlesome when children change schools and discover that their new school district teaches geometry in 7th grade, while they took it the previous year.’
    • ‘But dwelling on these nettlesome individuals is never a good idea.’
    • ‘Felix's presumptuous action is barely less nettlesome than his withholding and patronizing behavior toward a teenage student who develops a crush on him.’
    • ‘Just figuring out the size of the operation can be nettlesome.’
    • ‘Over time, the democratic transformation may go from being a nettlesome impediment to certain U.S. objectives to a persistent constraint on our superpower status.’
    • ‘Why has this problem of origins proved nettlesome?’
    • ‘Even better, some of the economy's most nettlesome worries are behind it, which should help keep profits moving northward.’
    • ‘These efforts can be particularly nettlesome at work.’
    • ‘As nettlesome as this challenge is, it is one that we dare not avoid, as different people of different religions increasingly acknowledge, especially among the young.’
    • ‘And, the question of all questions, so why in the face of all these nettlesome issues do we nonetheless find ourselves ethically compelled to bring this Society for Jewish Ethics into being?’
    • ‘We'll work through the issues that are nettlesome.’
    • ‘Others are now convincing themselves that we have traded nettlesome financial instability for welcomed economic stability, but this rose-colored notion's days are numbered.’
    • ‘He has strained against every nettlesome one of them - counter-attacking and squandering valuable time that should have been used to promote his message.’
    • ‘In southern Florida, utility companies now grapple with monk parakeets and the massive, nettlesome nests they build atop transmission poles.’
    • ‘Religious traditions have played a key contributory role in perpetuating conflicts about this nettlesome issue.’
    • ‘He berates moralistic critics of ‘consumerism’ who evade that nettlesome matter of ‘the ownership and organization of production.’’
    • ‘As China convenes its Parliament this week, its leaders seem less agitated about the nettlesome issue of Taiwan than they have been for some time.’