[ ih-ras-uh-buhl ]
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  1. easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man.

  2. characterized or produced by anger: an irascible response.

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.

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Other words from irascible

  • i·ras·ci·bil·i·ty, i·ras·ci·ble·ness, noun
  • i·ras·ci·bly, adverb
  • un·i·ras·ci·bil·i·ty, noun
  • un·i·ras·ci·ble, adjective

Words that may be confused with irascible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for irascible


/ (ɪˈræsɪbəl) /

  1. easily angered; irritable

  2. showing irritability: an irascible action

Origin of irascible

C16: from Late Latin īrascibilis, from Latin īra anger

Derived forms of irascible

  • irascibility or irascibleness, noun
  • irascibly, adverb

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