from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To sting or whip with or as if with nettles.
  • intransitive v. To produce a stinging or itching sensation.
  • adj. Characterized by the presence of hives.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To have or produce a stinging sensation, as of nettles or urticating hair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To sting with, or as with, nettles; to irritate; to annoy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sting like a nettle; nettle with stinging hairs; produce urtication in or of.
  • To have or exercise the faculty of urticating; effect urtication; sting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation
  • v. whip with or as with nettles


Medieval Latin urticāre, urticāt-, from Latin urtica, nettle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • To sting with, or as if with, nettles.

    July 24, 2007