[ ir-i-tuh-buhl ]
/ ˈɪr ɪ tə bəl /
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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.
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Origin of irritable
synonym study for irritable
1. 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM irritable
ir·ri·ta·ble·ness, nounir·ri·ta·bly, adverbnon·ir·ri·ta·ble, adjectivenon·ir·ri·ta·ble·ness, noun
non·ir·ri·ta·bly, adverbun·ir·ri·ta·ble, adjectiveun·ir·ri·ta·bly, adverb
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How to use irritable in a sentence
One was a randomized-controlled trial done at Harvard Medical School with patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.How Do You Cure a Compassion Crisis? (Ep. 444)|Stephen J. Dubner|December 17, 2020|Freakonomics
Irritably, he complies, but when the stewardess moves on, he reclines the chair again, muttering balefully under his breath.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band|Grover Lewis|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Every time a gust ruffled her hair she shook her head irritably, wondering that she had ever loved the wind.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
"For Heaven's sake, don't be a prude, Moya," Joyce snapped irritably.The Highgrader|William MacLeod Raine
I've a good mind not to get ready at all,' said Sarah irritably and rather foolishly.
George asked his sister, rather irritably, when he returned.
He looked irritably under lumped old quilts, piles of table linen, and cloth-shielded pictures.Mountain|Clement Wood
British Dictionary definitions for irritable
/ (ˈɪrɪtəbəl) /
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 irritableirritability, nounirritableness, nounirritably, adverb
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