[ahyuh r-fuh l]


full of intense anger; wrathful.
easily roused to anger; irascible.

Origin of ireful

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at ire, -ful
Related formsire·ful·ly, adverbire·ful·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ireful

Historical Examples of ireful

  • The Count at that word so ireful grew, He smote his wife that the blood out-flew.

  • In this ireful frame of mind, Mabel met the ladies of the Advisory Council.

    Comrade Yetta

    Albert Edwards

  • But his ireful restlessness will not allow him to accept this concession.

    Doctor Cupid

    Rhoda Broughton

  • The lieutenant twisted his derby in chagrined, ireful hands.

  • Her ireful words he had borne with outward calm; he had learned they were borne more easily, if borne calmly.