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 irrepressible (audio) \ noun
irrepressibly \ ˌir-​i-​ˈpre-​sə-​blē How to pronounce irrepressible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of irrepressible in a Sentence

She has an irrepressible sense of humor.
Recent Examples on the Web My Unorthodox Life, whose nine-episode first season just arrived on the service, is yet another story of an irrepressible woman escaping her ultra-Orthodox prison. Judy Berman, Time, 14 July 2021 Bobby George, one of Boston’s best, most irrepressible lawyers, could have played Tommy Killian in the movie., 9 July 2021 And no one can say that Daniel Asia — talented, irrepressible, and invaluable — is not doing his part. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 24 June 2021 Even if the power-holders might appear to succeed, freedom itself will remain irrepressible. The New Yorker, 30 June 2021 Yet the irrepressible evil deed just as suddenly intrudes, uncontained; time slips, bits and pieces from the assassination story swirling around and piling up and blotting out the rest. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 19 June 2021 Even more on the move is Vanessa’s boss, Daniela (the irrepressible Daphne Rubin-Vega), who’s been priced out of the Heights and is relocating her beauty salon to the Bronx. Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2021 Charles Lynn Frost, the Utah actor and playwright who created the irrepressible Sister Dottie S. Dixon — a Latter-day Saint mom with a big mouth and a bigger heart — has died. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2021 In the National League Central, baseball intensity overflows at the confluence of tight pennant races, irrepressible personalities and unchecked testosterone. USA Today, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of irrepressible

1811, in the meaning defined above

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“Irrepressible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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