ir·ri·tat·ing | \ˈir-ə-ˌtā-tiŋ \

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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irritatingly \ˈir-ə-ˌtā-tiŋ-lē \ adverb
The computer was irritatingly slow.

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Isabelle's next beau, an unhappily married stage actor (Nicholas Duvauchelle), seems gallant by comparison, though his endless hesitation reveals him to be a similarly irritating study in self-absorption. Justin Chang,, "Juliette Binoche lights up Claire Denis' exquisite 'Let the Sunshine In'," 3 May 2018 But when the Marthas suddenly—in a slightly irritating Deus Ex Machina way that doesn’t feel particularly earned—arrange for June to escape Gilead, Serena does the unthinkable and lets June take baby Nicole with her. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Finale Offers a Light in the Darkness," 11 July 2018 For a few days, the sound of fireworks is more irritating than potholes, which are a year-round nuisance — at least in some East Bay neighborhoods. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Fireworks fascination can never be defused, so keep your ears plugged," 9 July 2018 Most acne treatments on the market are filled with irritating ingredients that strip your skin of natural oils. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Best Face Oil for Every Single Skin Type," 11 July 2018 Admittedly, some people might find a form response irritating. New York Times, "How to Deal With Misguided Job Inquiries," 22 June 2018 On the flip side, a 2006 study observed how benzoyl peroxide is nearly twice as irritating as tea tree oil. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "A Guide to Megan Markle’s Favorite Anti-Acne Oil," 13 July 2018 In the theater world, an ordinarily crazy person graduates from college and bolts to New York, living in a tiny apartment with irritating roommates and waiting on tables until discovered. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "The theater company with a wishbone, a funny bone and a backbone," 3 July 2018 Hill returned to the mound after an irritating outing last weekend in New York. Andy Mccullough,, "Rockies stifle Dodgers' bats despite solid outing from pitcher Rich Hill in 3-1 loss," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of irritating

1707, in the meaning defined above

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