irritable

adjective
ir·​ri·​ta·​ble | \ˈir-ə-tə-bəl \

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 \ 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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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 Both Boe and Hope have irritable bowel disease and are on restricted diets. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "4 Holistic Vets Reveal Exactly What They Feed Their Dogs," 5 Apr. 2017 Noah underwent surgery June 25 and is believed to have developed the same postoperative syndrome — becoming irritable and speaking a bit less than normal, his father said. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "A 6-year-old was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Then her little brother was, too.," 7 July 2018 In the sweltering heat that has made southwest London in July feel like southwest Ohio, drug testing has become the mosquito buzzing around the All-England Club, making many players irritable and itching for a fight. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "For Tennis Players, Numbers in Antidoping Program Don’t Add Up," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of irritable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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irritable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of irritable

: becoming angry or annoyed easily

irritable

adjective
ir·​ri·​ta·​ble | \ˈir-ə-tə-bəl \

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 \

Medical Definition of irritable 

: characterized by irritability: as

a : easily exasperated or excited

b : responsive to stimuli

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