(noun, verb)


1. the leaf of a conifer

Definition categories: plant

2. a slender pointer for indicating the reading on the scale of a measuring instrument

Definition categories: man–made, pointer

3. a sharp pointed implement (usually steel)

Definition categories: man–made, implement

4. a stylus that formerly made sound by following a groove in a phonograph record

Definition categories: man–made, stylus

Sentences with needle as a noun:

- The seamstress threaded the needle to sew on a button.

- The needle on the fuel gauge pointed to empty.

- Ziggy bought some diamond needles for his hi-fi phonograph.


1. annoy or provoke, as by constant criticism

- He needled her with his sarcastic remarks

Similar word(s): goad

Definition categories: communication, beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke

2. prick with a needle

Definition categories: contact, prickle

Sentences with needle as a verb:

- Billy needled his sister incessantly about her pimples.

- to needle crystals