irritable

adjective
ir·​ri·​ta·​ble | \ ˈir-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce irritable (audio) \

Definition of irritable

: capable of being irritated: such as
a : easily exasperated or excited gets irritable when he tires
b : responsive to stimuli

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Other Words from irritable

irritableness noun
irritably \ ˈir-​ə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce irritably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of irritable in a Sentence

My father is always irritable after a nap. I came home from work feeling tired and irritable.
Recent Examples on the Web An angry and irritable mood may include a child losing their temper often, and being touchy and easily annoyed by others. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder? Here Are the Symptoms to Watch For and How It's Treated," 30 July 2020 Klopp cut a forlorn figure following the defeat to City and became irritable with simple questions from a reporter after the game, though his mood will likely be much improved on Sunday evening. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool gets Premier League title celebrations back on track with victory over Aston Villa," 5 July 2020 The National Institutes of Health has designated quaternary ammonium as asthma-causing and irritable to eyes and skin, flammable and corrosive, harmful to aquatic ecosystems, and persistent in the environment. Ashton Nichols, Dallas News, "Dallas company touts its spray-on coating as a COVID-19 killer for surfaces," 2 June 2020 James played Skinny Dubois, the irritable and contentious owner of a brothel. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Anthony James Who Starred in Unforgiven and In the Heat of the Night Dies at 77," 28 May 2020 Teenagers are often known for irritable behavior, lack of motivation and sometimes some crazy shenanigans that drive parents up a wall. cleveland, "How to deal with teenagers during the stay-at-home order -- according to a teenager: Elle Weber," 2 May 2020 Kyle McClure Like a lot of self-isolating people, Madisen Li is vacillating between nervous, bored, grateful and irritable. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "Feel Like You’re in Prison? These Trainers Actually Were," 14 Apr. 2020 Contact a local beekeeper or the Portland Urban Beekeepers swarm notification site immediately since bees start getting more defensive and irritable after about 48 hours. oregonlive, "Bee invasion do’s and don’ts: Portland, don’t panic when a swarm arrives in your backyard," 12 Apr. 2020 And second, loneliness makes people more irritable and defensive. Dave Murphy, SFChronicle.com, "How depression, anxiety and loneliness cut across the generations," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of irritable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Irritable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irritable. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for irritable

irritable

adjective
How to pronounce irritable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of irritable

: becoming angry or annoyed easily

irritable

adjective
ir·​ri·​ta·​ble | \ ˈir-ə-tə-bəl How to pronounce irritable (audio) \

Kids Definition of irritable

: easily made angry or annoyed Hunger makes me irritable.

Other Words from irritable

irritably \ -​blē \ adverb

irritable

adjective
ir·​ri·​ta·​ble | \ ˈir-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce irritable (audio) \

Medical Definition of irritable

: characterized by irritability: as
a : easily exasperated or excited
b : responsive to stimuli

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