ir·​re·​press·​ible | \ˌir-i-ˈpre-sə-bəl \

Definition of irrepressible 

: impossible to repress, restrain, or control irrepressible curiosity

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Other Words from irrepressible

irrepressibility \ ˌir-​i-​ˌpre-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
irrepressibly \ ˌir-​i-​ˈpre-​sə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of irrepressible in a Sentence

She has an irrepressible sense of humor.

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Kick also appreciates her great aunt's irrepressible sense of humor. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Kick Kennedy Reveals Her Favorite Stories About Her Great Aunt Kick," 31 Oct. 2016 Stanton and the rest of the Marlins lost a friend, an irrepressible presence who chattered and laughed all day long, even in the midst of yet another one of his double-digit strikeout games. Ben Reiter,, "How Giancarlo Stanton Negotiated His Way to the Yankees to Create Baseball's Scariest Lineup," 20 Mar. 2018 Rudd does more than anyone to set the mood by walking a tonal balance beam with a seriousness shot through with an irrepressible edge of goofy insubordination. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Film Review," 27 June 2018 Tracy Smith sits down with Fisher to discuss a lifetime in the orbit of two irrepressible Hollywood stars. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (June 24)," 22 June 2018 The former New York City Ballet principal Jacques d’Amboise — irrepressible at 83 — formed this arts education organization in 1976. New York Times, "8 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 14 June 2018 In his bicorn hat with tassels suggesting the fluffy ears of an incorrigible dog, James Whiteside’s Harlequin took charge of his character with irrepressible energy and unbounded confidence. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Harlequinade’ Review: Humor and History Take Center Stage," 6 June 2018 For someone who has experienced tremendous personal tragedy, Saint John has irrepressible verve and a sense of wonder about life that’s infectious. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "Meet Bozoma Saint John, the Most Fashionable Woman in Silicon Valley," 29 May 2018 The irrepressible Griezmann started and finished the move for his second, four minutes into the second half. Jerome Pugmire,, "Griezmann brace leads Atletico Madrid to win Europa League trophy," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of irrepressible

1811, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of irrepressible

: impossible to repress or control an irrepressible chuckle

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