Origin of irritable
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Examples from the Web for irritable
Take, for example, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a condition that affects some 15 percent of Americans.Clinton Doc: This Is How We’ll Fix Health Care
June 12, 2014
But new research shows it is indeed real, and may be the cause of asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, and more.New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases
March 27, 2014
She was irritable and ornery almost all of the time, and she seemed to be trying to distance herself from the others.Inside Tania Head’s Terrible 9/11 Lie: ‘The Woman Who Wasn’t There’
Robin Gaby Fisher, Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr.
April 6, 2012
And he came across as irritable and snarky when asked to provide a succinct answer on how to address health care.Newt Gingrich Will Be Everyone's Target on the Next Debate
December 10, 2011
Like alcoholics, gambling addicts are often secretive, irritable, and unable to cut back.Are You a Gambling Addict?
April 3, 2011
It will be guessed that Mr. Chalmers Payne was in an irritable frame of mind.Quaint Courtships
Casanova, however, had suddenly grown distrait and irritable.Casanova's Homecoming
You shall not complain of an inattentive or an irritable auditor.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
Ninian joined them on the following day, very cheerless and irritable.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Recollect that he is suffering under his wound, which has made him irritable.The Pirate and The Three Cutters
- quickly irritated; easily annoyed; peevish
- (of all living organisms) capable of responding to such stimuli as heat, light, and touch
- pathol abnormally sensitive
Word Origin and History for irritable
1660s, from French irritable and directly from Latin irritabilis "easily excited," from irritare (see irritate). Related: Irritably.
- Capable of reacting to a stimulus.
- Abnormally sensitive to a stimulus.