ir·​ri·​tat·​ed | \ ˈir-ə-ˌtā-təd How to pronounce irritated (audio) \

Definition of irritated

: subjected to irritation especially : roughened, reddened, or inflamed by an irritant irritated eyes

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Synonyms for irritated


aggravated, annoyed, bothered, exasperated, galled, irked, narked [British], peeved, put out, scunnered [chiefly Scottish], teed off, vexed

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Examples of irritated in a Sentence

irritated viewers were bombarding the station with complaints about the game's delayed start

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Other symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, watery, irritated eyes and sinus issues. April Siese, CBS News, "American Academy of Pediatrics report urges travelers get MMR vaccine in wake of "record-breaking" European measles outbreak," 17 June 2019 In The Dead Don’t Die, Jarmusch’s Paterson star Adam Driver and his Broken Flowers star Bill Murray play small-town cops who are more irritated than terrified when their friends and neighbors start transforming into mindless, murdering ghouls. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The Dead Don’t Die is a perfect excuse to return to Zombieland," 14 June 2019 What’s telling is that all of our irritated politicians and pundits seem most upset by the possibility that people might not go on working at the frenzied pace our Western economy now demands. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 His temperament got better, too — his crankiness was not just bad teenage behavior, but instead the result of an irritated brain. Julia Michie Bruckner, Discover Magazine, "Is a Teen's Pain Just Drama, or Something Worse?," 12 Mar. 2019 This cult anti-aging hydrator infuses 10% glycolic acid with an antioxidant boost of Vitamin E, leaving behind a refined surface that's anything but dry or irritated. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Game-Changing Ingredient That’s Missing From Your Daily Moisturizer," 19 July 2018 Instead, wash up with something like Aveeno Skin Relief Fragrance-Free Body Wash, which is formulated specifically for irritated skin. Beth Shapouri, Glamour, "10 Things You Should Never Do After a Bikini Wax," 18 Apr. 2019 The sneeze reflex is usually activated when your nose’s mucous membranes are irritated. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Quick Question: Why Do We Sneeze?," 8 Mar. 2019 These include no disagreements about parenting styles, no getting irritated when someone isn't doing their fair share of housework, and nobody to question your choices. Kate Bolick, Cosmopolitan, "Should You Have a Baby on Your Own?," 11 May 2015

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First Known Use of irritated

1595, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irritated was in 1595

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