irritating

adjective
ir·​ri·​tat·​ing | \ ˈir-ə-ˌtā-tiŋ How to pronounce irritating (audio) \

Definition of irritating

: causing displeasure, anger, or annoyance an irritating noise/habit I felt more and more angry. There was something very irritating and aggressive in Summerlee's demeanour.— Arthur Conan Doyle

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Other Words from irritating

irritatingly \ ˈir-​ə-​ˌtā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce irritatingly (audio) \ adverb
The computer was irritatingly slow.

Examples of irritating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All this is to say that there are few things in life more irritating than coerced participation in an allegedly uplifting group activity. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "You’ve Got Chain E-Mail," 15 May 2020 Now, the abovementioned effects of hard water are annoying and irritating, but not terribly problematic. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Water Softener Works (And Why You Might Want One)," 4 July 2019 These irritating oils are capable of hitching a ride on your boots, your tools and even your pets. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "13 Toxic Wild Plants That Look Like Food," 13 Aug. 2019 The Cosmic Microwave Background was famously discovered by people working on a microwave receiver who couldn't get rid of an irritating source of noise—even after trying to clean out all the pigeon guano from the hardware. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bio-electronic device can produce electricity using nothing but humidity," 17 Feb. 2020 Glow Recipe was smart to leave alcohol and sulfates (preservatives that are notorious for their drying and irritating properties) out of the equation when creating this product. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Glow Recipe Just Revealed Its First-Ever Lip Product, and We've Got the Exclusive Details," 24 Jan. 2020 Paul Walter Hauser, as the titular character, lumbers onto screen, physically commanding if almost boyishly deferential to Bryant, played with irritating bombast by Sam Rockwell. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "The People vs. Richard Jewell," 20 Dec. 2019 Something loud but pleasantly pitched can be more tolerable than something quiet but irritating. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "The Thermodynamics Behind the the Mac Pro, the Hypercar of Computers," 10 Dec. 2019 This happens because onions release an irritating chemical that makes your eyes sting. Minda Daughtry, The Conversation, "Why do onions make you cry?," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of irritating

1707, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Irritating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irritating. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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