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

Other Words from irritating

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

Examples of irritating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some also find that mineral sunscreen ingredients, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, are less irritating. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, 8 Aug. 2022 The shaving product produces a rich cream and helps reduce redness while making shaving less irritating. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2022 Those with sensitive skin, for example, may be better off using a product with a lower concentration or one that contains retrinal, a less irritating form of retinol. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 2 June 2022 The tea acts as an antimicrobial to ensure that the bacteria and fungus on your skin do not multiply – yuck – while the sugar cane acts as a natural, non-irritating, exfoliant. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 The lingering tear gas in the chamber forced the Senate to finish its session in a first-floor hearing room where the air was not so irritating. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2022 The Caffeine Eye Cream is a non-irritating formula that includes a Matrixyl 3000 peptide with Persian Sleeping Tree bark extract to reduce signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Instead, this gentle cleanser uses lipophilic esters and squalane to clean skin in the least irritating way. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 Even mild asthma is an irritating and unpleasant experience that most would prefer to avoid. Brett Dvoretz,, 1 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of irritating

1707, in the meaning defined above

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“Irritating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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