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.

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So just imagine how irritating saliva can be on the delicate lip skin. Talia Abbas, SELF, "We Asked Derms How to Keep Dry Lips Moisturized During Winter and Here’s What They Told Us," 11 Dec. 2018 Assiri said that global attention surrounding the award was deeply irritating to Saudi leaders. Kevin Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Khashoggi death throws new light on Saudi prince’s crackdown on dissent," 23 Oct. 2018 But this arrangement had always been profoundly irritating to the party in power, particularly given the political polarization of recent decades. CBS News, "Nuclear option: Why Trump's Supreme Court pick needs only 51 votes," 9 July 2018 As a refresher, most wrinkle creams are filled with your classic retinol or tretinoin, two of the strongest (and potentially irritating) topical retinoids. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Excellent Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 10 Oct. 2018 Painted in Day-Glo colors and shot in less than a month in Budapest, the movie has a stagy stiffness that grows more irritating by the minute. Vaughn Stein, New York Times, "Review: Revenge Goes Sour in ‘Terminal’," 10 May 2018 Rather than doubling down on potentially irritating pimple-drying ingredients, scale back to consistent application of lower doses and consider integrating a prescription medication. Lauren Hubbard, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need To Know To Get Rid of Acne Once And For All," 8 Aug. 2017 Robot research has been looking to the animal kingdom for inspiration—and a new bio-mimicking robot tackles one of nature's most irritating pests to prevent their real life counterparts from pestering plants. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This Robot Helped Uncover the Flying Secrets of Fruit Flies," 13 Sep. 2018 The infotainment system isn't on the level of Audi, BMW, or Volvo, the infotainment display is positioned a bit oddly, and navigating to some of the settings on the instrument-panel display can be irritating. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "A sports car in SUV clothing: The Jaguar E-Pace reviewed," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of irritating

1707, in the meaning defined above

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