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Causing irritation or distress; vexatious.


causing or susceptible to irritation


(ˈnɛt l səm)

1. causing irritation, vexation, or annoyance.
2. easily provoked or annoyed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nettlesome - causing irritation or annoyancenettlesome - causing irritation or annoyance; "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"; "aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"; "found it galling to have to ask permission"; "an irritating delay"; "nettlesome paperwork"; "a pesky mosquito"; "swarms of pestering gnats"; "a plaguey newfangled safety catch"; "a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"; "a vexatious child"; "it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"
disagreeable - not to your liking; "a disagreeable situation"
2.nettlesome - easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition


1. Troubling the nerves or peace of mind, as by repeated vexations:
2. So replete with interlocking points and complications as to be painfully irritating:
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