irrepressible

[ ir-i-pres-uh-buh l ]
/ ˌɪr ɪˈprɛs ə bəl /

adjective

incapable of being repressed or restrained; uncontrollable: irrepressible laughter.

Nearby words

  1. irrepealable,
  2. irreplaceable,
  3. irrepleviable,
  4. irreplevisable,
  5. irreprehensible,
  6. irreproachable,
  7. irreproducible,
  8. irreputable,
  9. irresistible,
  10. irresoluble

Origin of irrepressible

First recorded in 1805–15; ir-2 + repressible

Related formsir·re·press·i·bil·i·ty, ir·re·press·i·ble·ness, nounir·re·press·i·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for irrepressible

irrepressible

/ (ˌɪrɪˈprɛsəbəl) /

adjective

not capable of being repressed, controlled, or restrained
Derived Formsirrepressibility or irrepressibleness, nounirrepressibly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for irrepressible

irrepressible

adj.
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