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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Other Words from irrepressible

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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The Brazilian was irrepressible at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups, featuring in the team of the tournament on both occasions, with defenders everywhere getting twisted inside out at the mere though of trying to get the ball off him., "50 Greatest South American Footballers of All Time," 4 July 2019 This documentary reveals the losses and the irrepressible life force behind the poignant laughter of this true American master. Charles Mcnulty,, "Review: PBS documentary of playwright Terrence McNally celebrates a master of connection," 13 June 2019 There’s a lot of warmth in I.M., and a sense of domesticity, too; the yang to the yin of Mizrahi’s theatrical sensibility and irrepressible ebullience. Vogue, "Isaac Mizrahi’s New Memoir, I.M., Is No Frockumentary—And the Better for It," 26 Feb. 2019 Without our irrepressible divas, we’d be stuck with a bunch of preening clowns in megalithic ten-gallon hats who grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "We Can All Be Thankful America Doesn’t Have Putin," 24 Nov. 2018 Talisca's flair and creativity could provide strong competition for the fearsome front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and the irrepressible Mohamed Salah., "Besiktas Drop Interest in Brazilian Attacking Star to Leave Liverpool as Frontrunners," 1 June 2018 His all round influence has been irrepressible at times for Manchester City, and with Eden Hazard alongside him, defences will have a near impossible task in thwarting them., "7 Players Who Will Smash it at World Cup," 12 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce irrepressible (audio) \

Kids Definition of irrepressible

: impossible to repress or control an irrepressible chuckle

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to form ideas or theories about something

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