Meaning of NEEDLE in English

NEEDLE

n.

Function: verb

Inflected Form: nee · dled ; nee · dling \ ' n ē d-li ŋ , ' n ē -d ə l-i ŋ \

Date: circa 1715

transitive verb

1 : to sew or pierce with or as if with a needle

2 a : TEASE , TORMENT b : to incite to action by repeated gibes < needled the boy into a fight>

intransitive verb : SEW , EMBROIDER

– nee · dler \ ' n ē d-l ə r, ' n ē -d ə l- ə r \ noun

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