irritability

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌir-ə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce irritability (audio) \
plural irritabilities

Definition of irritability

1 : the property of protoplasm and of living organisms that permits them to react to stimuli
2 : the quality or state of being irritable: such as
a : quick excitability to annoyance, impatience, or anger : petulance
b : abnormal or excessive excitability of an organ or part of the body

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Examples of irritability in a Sentence

the librarian's well-known irritability makes students hesitant to ask questions

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Constantly being on edge can also breed irritability, another stressor that can impact the quality of the relationship. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "7 Signs You're Dealing With Anxiety," 3 Apr. 2019 Some of the side effects of the drug include muscle spasm, headache, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, tremors, muscle weakness, increased appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, and heat intolerance. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "This Man Is Convinced His Wife Is Secretly Drugging Him With Thyroid Medication to Make Him Lose Weight," 14 June 2019 Websites list irritability as a symptom of the change. Longreads, "Demonology: A Woman’s Right to Fury," 10 June 2019 Pontikes' husband, George, began reaching out to Rossi for help in March 2013 because of his wife's increasing distance and irritability. Nicole Winfield, Houston Chronicle, "Woman accuses Cardinal DiNardo of dismissing sex abuse case," 4 June 2019 In fact, Largeman-Roth says people who drink more than 400 mg of caffeine a day (the equivalent of five 8-ounce cups of coffee) are more likely to experience withdrawal symptoms like headaches and irritability. Julia Naftulin, Health.com, "Here’s What Happened When a Coffee Addict Gave It Up for a Week," 28 Mar. 2018 In addition to strong cravings for nicotine, those symptoms might include anxiety, irritability, and insomnia, the Mayo Clinic explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Bella Hadid’s New Year’s Resolution Is to Give Up Her JUUL: 'So Far So Good!'," 8 Jan. 2019 Setting those intentions can provide more motivation and pleasure and cut back on stress, worry, and for some people, irritability. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Yes, It's Trendy Right Now — But What Exactly Is Self-Care?," 14 Jan. 2019 When this happens, symptoms can include fatigue, headache, irritability, dizziness, confusion, blurry vision, shaking, sweating, and hunger, according to the Mayo Clinic. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why a ‘Sugar Hangover’ Can Feel as Terrible as the Real Thing," 27 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of irritability

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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irritability

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌir-ə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce irritability (audio) \

Kids Definition of irritability

: the quality of easily becoming angry or annoyed

irritability

noun
ir·​ri·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌir-ət-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce irritability (audio) \
plural irritabilities

Medical Definition of irritability

1 : the property of protoplasm and of living organisms that permits them to react to stimuli
2a : quick excitability to annoyance, impatience, or anger
b : abnormal or excessive excitability of an organ or part of the body (as the stomach or bladder)

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