Origin of irascible
Examples from the Web for irascible
The British establishment was furious, and it was the irascible Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who lead the fight-back.
He struggled with his brilliant but irascible secretary of state, William Seward, to control the direction of foreign policy.
Wagner, as irascible and cynical as he can be, is a subtly empathetic writer.
But he praised his irascible former partner as “an incredible asset not only to the company, but to the world.”Steve Wozniak: Snowden ‘Is a Hero Because This Came From His Heart’|Lloyd Grove|June 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But science has a process for all of this—scientists tend to be irascible, doubting, and arrogant if not annoying.
The poet, finding that he must choose between the ducal circle and his irascible associate, at once chose the latter alternative.Robert Burns|Principal Shairp.
For this marriage, after playing the obdurate and irascible godfather so long, he was suddenly transformed into a fairy godmother.The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume II (of 2)|Benjamin Ellis Martin
An angry retort hovered on Martin-Roget's lips, but after a second or two he succeeded in holding his irascible temper in check.Lord Tony's Wife|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Many of them have been brought about by the irascible but delightful Irish member, Dr. Tanner.
My host, an irascible man, looked round, and then said: "Who the devil has given that dog a grape?"At Large|Arthur Christopher Benson
Word Origin for irascible
late 14c., from Middle French irascible (12c.) and directly from Late Latin irascibilis, from Latin irasci "be angry, be in a rage," from ira "anger" (see ire).