irrepressible

adjective

ir·​re·​press·​ible ˌir-i-ˈpre-sə-bəl How to pronounce irrepressible (audio)
: impossible to repress, restrain, or control
irrepressible curiosity
irrepressibility noun
irrepressibly adverb

Examples of irrepressible in a Sentence

She has an irrepressible sense of humor.
Recent Examples on the Web Behind the virality or streaming numbers or follower counts, there are always hordes of irrepressible young people looking for a late-night thrill. Hattie Lindert, Rolling Stone, 14 Mar. 2024 But the chef’s inventive side is irrepressible, coming out in a wonderful salad of pomelo, sheep’s milk Valbreso and mango chutney and the most decadent perogies that’ll ever melt on your tongue. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 Besides, the irrepressible Elsbeth has enough enthusiasm for all of us. Brian Lowry, CNN, 29 Feb. 2024 Her performances are characterized by high energy, irrepressible spirit, and go-for-broke physical comedy. Michael Paulson, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024 After his recovery, Mr. Navalny again demonstrated his tough, irrepressible character by declining a life of comfortable exile and returning to Russia with an appeal for people to take to the streets to overthrow Mr. Putin. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Feb. 2024 All the more so thanks to the irrepressible Racquel and Gabby and their outrageous way with a tune. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 At its heart is the signature of David’s screen persona: his own irrepressible laughter. M.d. Rodrigues, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Leading its scraggly, malnourished crew is John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis from Persuasion), an English pilot with an irrepressible survival instinct. TIME, 7 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irrepressible was in 1811

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“Irrepressible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irrepressible. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

irrepressible

adjective
ir·​re·​press·​ible ˌir-i-ˈpres-ə-bəl How to pronounce irrepressible (audio)
: impossible to repress or control
irrepressible curiosity
irrepressibility noun
irrepressibly adverb

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