urticate [ur-ti-keyt] Word Origin verb (used with object), ur·ti·cat·ed, ur·ti·cat·ing.
- to sting with or as if with nettles.
- to whip with or as if with nettles, especially so as to produce a stinging sensation; flog; lash.
verb (used without object), ur·ti·cat·ed, ur·ti·cat·ing.
- to sting in the manner of a nettle.
Origin of urticate 1835–45; Medieval Latin urtīcātus (past participle of urtīcāre to sting), equivalent to Latin urtīc(a) nettle + -ātusBritish Dictionary definitions for urticate urticate adjective
- Also: urticant (ˈɜːtɪkənt) characterized by the presence of weals
- to perform urtication
Word Origin for urticate C19: from Medieval Latin urtīcāre to sting, from Latin urtīca a nettle urticate in Medicine urticate [ûr′tĭ-kāt′] v.
- To undergo urtication.
- Characterized by the presence of urticaria.