January 05, 2019
needle (verb)
\NEE-dul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : tease, taunt2 : to cause to take action by repeated stinging remarks
How do you use it?
Jason's sister couldn't help but needle her bookish brother after finding out. . . .
Are you a word wiz?

You've probably noticed we didn't finish our sentence. Which of the phrases below finishes the sentence best, keeping the definition of "needle" in mind?

You must be extra sharp if you chose A. Knowing that "needle" can mean "tease," answer A makes the most sense -- sisters are likely to tease a bookworm of a brother if he suddenly becomes athletic to impress a girl. We hope it's easy to see how the noun "needle" became a verb meaning "to sew or pierce with or as if with a needle." From there the meaning of the verb "needle" extended to give us today's Buzzword with its meanings of "tease" and "cause to take action by repeated stinging remarks."
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