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

Other Words from irritable

irritableness noun
irritably \ ˈir-​ə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce irritable (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 The irritable and sarcastic Mr. D runs Camp Half Blood, a camp for the demigods. Joe Otterson, Variety, 2 June 2022 Now that each theater can set its own rules, things feel arbitrary and patrons are anxious and irritable. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 For many years the archetype of the spinster aunt was a fixture in literature, like the irritable Aunt March in Little Women, Agatha Christie’s creaky, clever Miss Marple, Harry Potter’s vicious Aunt Marge. Glamour, 20 May 2022 Gets restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Symptoms of anxiety and depression can include feeling sad, irritable, or anxious; having trouble sleeping; and experiencing changes in appetite. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 Footage from the couple’s time around animals in the eponymous continent offer dreamlike digressions into a soothing past to break up the cumulative vignettes as an important local celebration approaches and Meir becomes more irritable. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 But Pyongyang has grown more irritable in recent weeks. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 Though Goldstein — who recently won outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series at the Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Roy — has proven his ability to play the easily-irritable character, the actor has always had a soft spot for the Muppets. Christina Dugan Ramirez,, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of irritable

1662, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jun 2022

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“Irritable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for irritable


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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