ir·​rup·​tive i-ˈrəp-tiv How to pronounce irruptive (audio)
: tending to irrupt : marked by or undergoing irruption
irruptive passions
irruptively adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the irruptive species—birds who irregularly migrate—like crossbills, redpolls, grosbeaks, and purple finches stayed north, resulting in lower talleys for the annual count in most of the United States. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, 15 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of irruptive was in 1593

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“Irruptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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