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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Nettle \Net"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nettled; p. pr. & vb. n. Nettling.] To fret or sting; to irritate or vex; to cause to experience sensations of displeasure or uneasiness not amounting to violent anger. [1913 Webster] The princes were so nettled at the scandal of this affront, that every man took it to himself. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]