ir·​re·​press·​ible | \ ˌir-i-ˈpre-sə-bəl How to pronounce irrepressible (audio) \

Definition of irrepressible

: impossible to repress, restrain, or control irrepressible curiosity

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irrepressibility \ ˌir-​i-​ˌpre-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce irrepressibility (audio) \ noun
irrepressibly \ ˌir-​i-​ˈpre-​sə-​blē How to pronounce irrepressibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of irrepressible in a Sentence

She has an irrepressible sense of humor.
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First Known Use of irrepressible

1811, in the meaning defined above

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“Irrepressible.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of irrepressible

: impossible to hold back, stop, or control
: very lively and cheerful


ir·​re·​press·​ible | \ ˌir-i-ˈpre-sə-bəl How to pronounce irrepressible (audio) \

Kids Definition of irrepressible

: impossible to repress or control an irrepressible chuckle

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