easily provoked to anger; very irritable: an irascible old man.
characterized or produced by anger: an irascible response.
- 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
- erasable, irascible
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How to use irascible in a sentence
His mind fluttered irascibly to escape from this thought, but still came back to it, like a tethered bird.Letters from America | Rupert Brooke
"Had a right to listen if you wanted to," declared Hayward, irascibly.The Copy-Cat and Other Stories | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
He exclaimed irascibly as he added more and more stiffening paste.
"You've been told before not to butt in to grownup talk," his uncle reproved him irascibly.The Flying U's Last Stand | B. M. Bower
Thereupon the little broker, as a relief to his outraged feelings, emptied his champagne-glass at a draught and scowled irascibly.The Law-Breakers and Other Stories | Robert Grant
British Dictionary definitions for irascible
easily angered; irritable
showing irritability: an irascible action
- irascibility or irascibleness, noun
- irascibly, adverb
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