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 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,, "How depression, anxiety and loneliness cut across the generations," 6 Feb. 2020 This is music that alternates, like an irritable grandfather, between nostalgia and aggression; these two qualities, when mingled, have a tendency to cancel each other out. Matthew Aucoin, The New York Review of Books, "Opera at the Edge," 7 Dec. 2019 For example, irritable bowel disease, asthma and some mood disorders have been linked to overall decreases in our microbial exposure. Mark Fretz, The Conversation, "Buildings have their own microbiomes – we’re striving to make them healthy places," 17 Apr. 2020 Being alone or getting cabin fever (and irritable) with your partner? New York Times, "Readers’ Ideas for Finding Community and Cheer at Home," 24 Mar. 2020 Some people claim that gel manicures are responsible for their flaky nail beds, their weakened nails, their irritable mood, their recent breakup, etc. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Are Gel Manicures Actually Bad for Your Nails?," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of irritable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Irritable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce irritable (audio)

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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