irascible

[ ih-ras-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪˈræs ə bəl /

adjective

easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man.
characterized or produced by anger: an irascible response.

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Origin of irascible

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English irascibel from Late Latin īrāscibilis, equivalent to Latin īrāsc- (stem of īrāscī “to grow angry”; equivalent to īr(a) ire + -ā- theme vowel + -sc- inchoative suffix + infinitive ending; see -esce) + -ibilis -ible

synonym study for irascible

1, 2. See irritable.

OTHER WORDS FROM irascible

i·ras·ci·bil·i·ty, i·ras·ci·ble·ness, nouni·ras·ci·bly, adverbun·i·ras·ci·bil·i·ty, nounun·i·ras·ci·ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH irascible

erasable, irascible
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British Dictionary definitions for irascible

irascible
/ (ɪˈræsɪbəl) /

adjective

easily angered; irritable
showing irritabilityan irascible action

Derived forms of irascible

irascibility or irascibleness, nounirascibly, adverb

Word Origin for irascible

C16: from Late Latin īrascibilis, from Latin īra anger
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