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.
Recent Examples on the Web Thomas Miller was born to entertain, infused with irrepressible passion and love for bringing joy to others through his life’s work. Tyler Aquilina,, "Thomas L. Miller, producer of Full House, Happy Days, and more, dies at 79," 8 Apr. 2020 Bobby was a force-irrepressible, glamorous and unapologetically opinionated. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Elizabeth Chomko to Direct Adaptation of 'Nobody Will Tell You This But Me'," 9 Apr. 2020 Actors loved McNally, because his characters were often irrepressible performers. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Rage for Terrence McNally," 27 Mar. 2020 The enthusiasm of Tracy Turnblad, the high schooler at the center of the story, is irrepressible. David Lyman,, "'Pretty Woman,' 'Hamilton,' 'Frozen,' highlight Broadway in Cincinnati's new season," 28 Feb. 2020 Financial journalists who see bears around every corner now point to coronavirus as the irrepressible agent of recession. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The First Postmodern Pandemic," 28 Feb. 2020 Sassy in their black satin shorts and combat boots, these gals exuded an irrepressible confidence on the arena floor that elicited shouts and whoops from the audience. al, "Masked Observer begins a season of ‘the sweet life’," 7 Feb. 2020 Everything is pliable, porous, and Porter’s typographical treats—alongside his turns with sound, repetition, and rhythm—exhibit his irrepressible sense of play. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "“Lanny” Is a Dark, Wonderfully Tactile Reimagining of the Folktale," 18 July 2019 Jan Magnussen, the hugely popular Danish driver, has been replaced by young Jordan Taylor, who brings his irrepressible sense of humor to the team along with his quick laptimes. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "A look ahead to the 2020 IMSA sports car season," 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of irrepressible

1811, in the meaning defined above

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“Irrepressible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of irrepressible

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


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Kids Definition of irrepressible

: impossible to repress or control an irrepressible chuckle

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