[ ih-ras-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪˈræs ə bəl /


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

Nearby words

  1. irapuato,
  2. iraq,
  3. iraqi,
  4. iras,
  5. irascibility,
  6. irate,
  7. irately,
  8. irazu,
  9. irb,
  10. irbid

Origin of irascible

1350–1400; Middle English irascibel < 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

Related formsi·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

Can be confusederasable irascible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for irascible


/ (ɪˈræsɪbəl) /


easily angered; irritable
showing irritabilityan irascible action
Derived Formsirascibility or irascibleness, nounirascibly, adverb

Word Origin for irascible

C16: from Late Latin īrascibilis, from Latin īra anger

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Word Origin and History 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).

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