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.

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But someone in a manic episode may also feel irritable and agitated while also being energized. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You to Know," 12 Dec. 2018 Signs include feeling nauseated, confused, run-down, and irritable. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here’s Exactly How Much Water You Should Drink Every Day," 2 Jan. 2019 Ultimately the squeaky clean skin was causing more damage, so my skin was dry, flaky and irritable. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "14 Glamour Editors on the Skin Care Tips That Changed Their Complexions," 9 Oct. 2018 On the other hand, kitten heels have also been considered prissy and buttoned-up, fit for an irritable osteoporotic secretary on Mad Men. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Kitten Heels Are Back—Are They Too Much, Or Not Enough?," 22 Aug. 2018 Consuming even a tiny drop of alcohol can make the wasps drunk, irritable, and prone to causing trouble among humans. Megan Friedman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Out: Wasps Are Apparently Drunk and Angry This Time of Year," 10 Aug. 2018 Just remember to start slowly: Only use your Clarisonic every other day for sensitive skin, and once a day for oily, non-irritable skin. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Clarisonic Brushes Are On Sale at Ulta Right Now," 9 Aug. 2018 To be diagnosed, gamblers must have several symptoms including repeatedly gambling increasing amounts of money, lying to hide gambling activity, feeling irritable or restless when trying to stop, and losing jobs or relationships because of gambling. Washington Post, "Science Says: What makes something truly addictive," 21 June 2018 In their place, white writers like the mythologist Nathaniel Emerson published their own simplified descriptions of the deity, producing caricatures of her as an excitable goddess or irritable old woman. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Madame Pele, Hawaii’s Goddess of Volcanoes, Awes Those Living in Lava’s Path," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of irritable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of irritable

: becoming angry or annoyed easily


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


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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