Definition of needle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

needle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈniːdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈniːdl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they needle
BrE BrE//ˈniːdl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈniːdl//
 
he / she / it needles
BrE BrE//ˈniːdlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈniːdlz//
 
past simple needled
BrE BrE//ˈniːdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈniːdld//
 
past participle needled
BrE BrE//ˈniːdld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈniːdld//
 
-ing form needling
BrE BrE//ˈniːdlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈniːdlɪŋ//
 
 
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needle somebody (informal) to deliberately annoy somebody, especially by criticizing them continuously synonym antagonize Don't let her needle you. He knew Jo was trying to needle him into losing his temper. Word Origin Old English nǣdl, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch naald and German Nadel, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin nere ‘to spin’ and Greek nēma ‘thread’.
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