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[ir-i-tey-ting] /ˈɪr ɪˌteɪ tɪŋ/
causing irritation; annoying; provoking:
irritating questions.
Origin of irritating
First recorded in 1700-10; irritate + -ing2
Related forms
irritatingly, adverb
nonirritating, adjective
unirritating, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Negative," said the voice from the Pentagon, irritatingly GI.

  • She spoke to the horse, who moved on at an irritatingly slow pace.

    Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm Alice B. Emerson
  • He was a man of middle age, irritatingly careless about his appearance.

    The Dictator Milton Lesser
  • "I cannot wait so long, old man," said Edwards irritatingly.

    The Treasure of the Tigris A. F. Mockler Ferryman
  • So the man lay still and suffered, not intensely, but irritatingly.

    The Wolf's Long Howl Stanley Waterloo
  • And his questions were to the point, and irritatingly categorical.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • Harry laughed, and so irritatingly that had his name been Thomas I should have struck him.

    The Booming of Acre Hill John Kendrick Bangs
  • "O, come off—come off—that's more o' your old five-to-one gas," said Si irritatingly.

  • "I didn't think he was such a stiff, Barney," she said in an irritatingly pleasant voice.

  • They were the longest, the dullest, the dreariest, the most irritatingly undelighting weeks that he had ever lived through.

    The Fortieth Door

    Mary Hastings Bradley

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