ir·​ri·​tat·​ed ˈir-ə-ˌtā-təd How to pronounce irritated (audio)
: subjected to irritation
especially : roughened, reddened, or inflamed by an irritant
irritated eyes

Example Sentences

irritated viewers were bombarding the station with complaints about the game's delayed start
Recent Examples on the Web It’s designed as a gentle all-purpose hair and skin oil that not only keeps my beard healthy and under control but also gets into my skin to keep it from getting dry and irritated. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, 25 Mar. 2020 Freshly irritated by her rival, Kylee decides to give Zach the full rundown of the tensions between her and Anastasia. Kristen Baldwin,, 14 Feb. 2023 Keeping your skin hydrated is the key to avoiding dry, irritated, flakey patches, which is why many skincare products have hydrating properties. Lacey Muinos, Health, 13 Feb. 2023 And the Lakers’ front office would have every right to be irritated with how James put them through the wringer on this. Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2023 The formula contains quality ingredients and does a great job at soothing irritated and dry lips. Daley Quinn, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2023 Guys with sensitive skin often have a hard time caring for their beard, since the skin underneath is easily irritated. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 28 Dec. 2022 Some creams and lotions are available in lower concentrations of 0.25 percent, benefiting those with more sensitive or easily irritated skin. Elise Tabin, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Dec. 2022 This rich moisturizer is made to soften, moisturize and restore the skin while preventing moisture loss – and does so without aggravating easily irritated skin. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1595, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of irritated was in 1595

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“Irritated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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