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.

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As far as he’s concerned, there will always be those in government who are steadfastly against an open fireworks exchange, keeping the market fussy and capricious, a million different irritable subdivisions acting as a persnickety whole. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Anime brings in more than $19 billion a year. Its artists are earning barely enough to survive.," 2 July 2019 Sweden has changed radically since the 1970s, but Bernie Sanders has stood still in time, an irritable red ant suspended in amber. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Democrats Are the Socialist Party Again," 20 June 2019 The mastermind of the experiment at Camp Century was a dapper and sometimes irritable former professor named Henri Bader. Jon Gertner, WIRED, "The Top Secret Cold War Project That Pulled Climate Science From the Ice," 12 June 2019 Even the Greeks themselves looked unwell—thinner, more irritable, dressed in cheaper clothes. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 Long chats or outings with friends leave me feeling exhausted and sometimes irritable. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Affectionate wife turns to verbal attacker after job loss, death in family," 1 Feb. 2018 His pay was an irritable subject in both countries’ media. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Carlos Ghosn, a Victim of Old Japan," 21 Dec. 2018 Beyond waking up gasping for air, symptoms of sleep apnea generally include loud snoring, waking up with dry mouth, having a morning headache, feeling sleepy during the day, and being irritable, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Reasons You Might Wake Up Gasping for Air," 2 Oct. 2018 Her colleagues became irritable, spreading gossip about the company’s next move. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "How to Navigate Yet Another Office Shakeup," 14 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of irritable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irritable was in 1662

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More Definitions for irritable

irritable

adjective

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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