irritable

[ ir-i-tuh-buhl ]
/ ˈɪr ɪ tə bəl /

adjective

easily irritated or annoyed; readily excited to impatience or anger.
Physiology, Biology. displaying irritability.
Pathology. susceptible to physical irritation.
Medicine/Medical. abnormally sensitive to a stimulus.

Origin of irritable

1655–65; < Latin irrītābilis, equivalent to irrītā(re) to irritate + -bilis -ble

SYNONYMS FOR irritable

1 snappish, petulant, resentful. Irritable, testy, touchy, irascible are adjectives meaning easily upset, offended, or angered. Irritable means easily annoyed or bothered, and it implies cross and snappish behavior: an irritable clerk, rude and hostile; Impatient and irritable, he was constantly complaining. Testy describes the same kind of behavior or response, particularly to minor annoyances: always on edge, testy and sharp in response; testy and petulant, resenting any interruption. Touchy emphasizes oversensitivity and readiness to take offense, even when none is intended: especially touchy about any reference to obesity. Irascible means habitually angry or easily aroused to anger: an irascible tyrant, roaring at employees for the slightest error.

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British Dictionary definitions for irritably

irritable
/ (ˈɪrɪtəbəl) /

adjective

quickly irritated; easily annoyed; peevish
(of all living organisms) capable of responding to such stimuli as heat, light, and touch
pathol abnormally sensitive

Derived forms of irritable

irritability, nounirritableness, nounirritably, adverb
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Medicine definitions for irritably

irritable
[ ĭrĭ-tə-bəl ]

adj.

Capable of reacting to a stimulus.
Abnormally sensitive to a stimulus.
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