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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Plus, mineral sunscreens don’t absorb in the skin the way chemical ones do, are generally less irritating and are also better for the environment, notes Tonkovic-Capin. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "The best sunscreens for kids, according to dermatologists," 22 June 2019 And while the rampant mommy-shaming stars like Duff are subjected to on social media can be irritating, Duff takes the high road, and leaves the clapping back to her friends. Glamour, "Hilary Duff Will Feed Her Daughter Any Damn Way She Wants, Thanks," 12 June 2019 Richarlison's injuries were perhaps the most irritating for Evertonians this season. SI.com, "Premier League: How Many Injuries Each Club Suffered During the 2018/19 Season," 12 June 2019 Happily, Streep has also blown in as Mary Louise Wright, Perry’s persistently irritating mother. Hank Stuever, Twin Cities, "‘Big Little Lies’ returns. This time with Meryl Streep.," 6 June 2019 Viewers quickly took notice, too, celebrating just how good puberty had been to the once irritating character. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""Game of Thrones" Should Have Given the Iron Throne to Robin Arryn’s Glow-Up," 20 May 2019 The five-product range — made to cleanse, exfoliate, tone, treat, and moisturize — is stacked with pore-care superstars, all meant to efficiently combat the most common and irritating skin issues like whiteheads, blackheads, and uneven skin texture. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "This K-Beauty Brand Just Launched at Walmart and Products Are Already Selling Out," 1 Aug. 2018 Urushiol — the clear liquid on top — can cause a painful and irritating rash on your skin, including oozing blisters. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of a Poison Ivy Rash and Stop Itching Like Crazy," 13 July 2018 Dust from the cleared lots across the street is continually blown into the air, and the tiny particulates and potential allergens can be irritating to sensitive respiratory systems. San Francisco Chronicle, "Susan Gorin aches to fast-forward to well past next year — when she once again has a home on what is now an ashy lot.," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of irritating

1707, in the meaning defined above

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