ir·​ri·​tat·​ing ˈir-ə-ˌtā-tiŋ How to pronounce irritating (audio)
: 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
irritatingly adverb
The computer was irritatingly slow.

Examples of irritating in a Sentence

his particularly irritating habit of leaving his dirty clothes on the floor this soap leaves a residue that might be a little irritating if you have sensitive skin
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Word History

First Known Use

1707, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of irritating was in 1707

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“Irritating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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