[ ir-i-zis-tuh-buhl ]
See synonyms for: irresistibleirresistibly on

  1. not resistible; incapable of being resisted or withstood: an irresistible impulse.

  2. lovable, especially calling forth feelings of protective love: an irresistible puppy.

  1. enticing; tempting to possess: an irresistible necklace.

  1. an irresistible person or thing.

Origin of irresistible

From the Medieval Latin word irresistibilis, dating back to 1590–1600. See ir-2, resistible

Other words from irresistible

  • ir·re·sist·i·bil·i·ty, ir·re·sist·i·ble·ness, noun
  • ir·re·sist·i·bly, adverb

Words Nearby irresistible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use irresistible in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for irresistible


/ (ˌɪrɪˈzɪstəbəl) /

  1. not able to be resisted or refused; overpowering: an irresistible impulse

  2. very fascinating or alluring: an irresistible woman

Derived forms of irresistible

  • irresistibility or irresistibleness, noun
  • irresistibly, adverb

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