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 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 After nearly a year of social isolation, many adolescents are lonely, irritable and depressed. Washington Post, "Digital self-harm: What to do when kids cyberbully themselves," 26 Feb. 2021 So at a time when period-havers are highly irritable, what are some ways to extend grace? Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, "Opinion: End period stigma - and give people the day off too," 8 Feb. 2021 Kary was irritable at Brandi's birthday party in large part because her daughter Olivia's depression weighs so heavily on her; later in the episode, she's devastated, too, that her daughter Sofia still can't stand to talk about her parents' divorce. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "The Week in ‘Wives: A RHOA murder mystery, RHOD shopping spree, and RHOSLC farewell," 6 Feb. 2021 Here are things that might indicate a child has unhealthy gaming habits: – Is obsessed with gaming, and is sad, irritable, or anxious when gaming is taken away. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "How much gaming is too much during COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s what a pediatrician says about increased screen time," 23 Dec. 2020 There was the time when Liza, one of their four cats, had to stay at the vet for six months to be treated for an irritable bowel. Christy Piña, Woman's Day, "Jonathan Van Ness' Pet Parenting Tips Will Prepare You for Your New Furry Friend," 2 Dec. 2020 So far, Streko has received enthusiastic responses from neighbors, and also irritable ones. Samantha Melamed, chicagotribune.com, "In the pandemic, Halloween is the latest culture war," 22 Oct. 2020 Playing one of Loy's main rivals, Jason Schwartzman aims for parody as the irritable blowhard Josto Fadda, whose father, Donatello (Tomasso Ragno), knows better than to trust his rash son. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Fargo' is back with a sprawling crime story that lets Chris Rock show his dramatic skills," 24 Sep. 2020 When Sam gets there, he's introduced to the local pub owners, happy-go-lucky Mr. Martin (Paddy Considine) and the irritable Mrs. Martin (Emily Watson). Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Third Day Episode 1 Recap: Excuse Me, Jude Law, But What Exactly Are You Doing?," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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“Irritable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irritable. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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