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

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Example Sentences

She has an irrepressible sense of humor.
Recent Examples on the Web His sense of service, intellectual curiosity and capacity to squeeze fun out of any situation – were all irrepressible. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 16 Sep. 2022 Tributes to Lowit have poured in from leading figures across the creative industries, who have remembered not just her groundbreaking approach to fashion photography but also her humor, warmth, and irrepressible energy. Liam Hess, Vogue, 14 Sep. 2022 Reflecting this burst of irrepressible cinematic energy, after strong showing of Iranian cinema at Berlin, Cannes and Karlovy Vary, Venice has five films from the country, two of which are in competition. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 4 Sep. 2022 The irrepressible Charlie Brown in me hoped Shelby might see a legacy gimme in a vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Court. Diane Mcwhorter, CNN, 6 July 2022 White is cleverly matched by Moss-Bachrach, the only cast member pushing a Chicago accent, whose own gift is exposing the pathetic underbelly of characters everybody else appears to find lovably irrepressible. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 June 2022 Refusing to fade into antiquity, the 1960s grudgingly maintain an irrepressible hold over the nation’s imagination. Michael Bobelian, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 His irrepressible nature and deep knowledge base has driven the trio’s love of vintage watches. Jon Alain Guzik, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 June 2022 He’s known for crafting exuberant projects showcasing his irrepressible personality alongside a bunch of unlikely guest features. Will Dukes, Rolling Stone, 27 June 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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ir·​re·​press·​ible ˌir-i-ˈpre-sə-bəl How to pronounce irrepressible (audio)
: impossible to repress or control
an irrepressible chuckle

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