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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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 It’s hard to find an exfoliant that’s not even somewhat irritating, but these sponges are honestly gentle. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "How to Use a Konjac Sponge for Your Best Skin Ever," 22 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of irritating

1707, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irritating was in 1707

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