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 irritating (audio) \ adverb
The computer was irritatingly slow.

Examples of irritating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mature skin should be treated with a mild, non-irritating cleanser that won’t strip the skin of its natural oils or irritate dry and sensitive skin. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Skin Care for Women Over 50, According to Industry Pros," 3 May 2021 Many of the children in attendance turned their attention back to their cell phones or tried to get comfortable in face masks made more irritating by the rain falling on the parade ground. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Hong Kong marks National Security Education Day with goose-stepping police and riot cop souvenirs," 15 Apr. 2021 Auto warranty scam calls have to be the most irritating and intrusive in the history of telemarketing. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Car warranty robocalls: Here’s why you get so many," 8 Apr. 2021 This results in an irritating and unsightly skin rash. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "How to get rid of fleas," 18 Apr. 2021 There are few things in my day-to-day life more irritating than pulling an item out of the washing machine only to find stains still remaining. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "I Stopped Doing Laundry for a Week Because I Ran Out of My Favorite OxiClean Max Force Stain Remover," 16 Apr. 2021 In fact, tranexamic acid is less irritating than most dark spot-diminishing ingredients. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Tranexamic Acid Is the New Secret to Fading Dark Spots," 14 Apr. 2021 Tip #1: Use gentle cleansers and non-irritating products. Sarah Y. Wu, Marie Claire, "What Experts Want You to Know About Your Skin Type," 7 Apr. 2021 This cruelty-free and vegan serum has a non-irritating form of Vitamin C paired with tri-peptides which work together to protect collagen from damage. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Vitamin C Serums for a More Vibrant Complexion," 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of irritating

1707, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Irritating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irritating. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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