verb (used with object), ir·ri·tat·ed, ir·ri·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), ir·ri·tat·ed, ir·ri·tat·ing.
- irritable bowel syndrome,
- irritable heart,
- irritation fibroma
Origin of irritate
Examples from the Web for irritate
Since coffee can irritate the gut, she suggests opting for herbal tea instead.
Huffington also wrote that he was “easy to irritate and apt to air his grudges in public.”TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington Accused of Abuse|Nina Strochlic|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He reminds me of the head of the American Tobacco Co. whose motto was, ‘Irritate them, irritate them.’
The smooth chatter begins to irritate me, and then infuriate me.
They often irritate the self-anointed because their pasts are not pedigreed.
Do you want to irritate me into doing something that you know would put your nose out of joint for the rest of your natural life?Sally Bishop|E. Temple Thurston
Adeline, alarmed at this intention, conjured him not to irritate his complaint by so dangerous an exertion.Adeline Mowbray|Amelia Alderson Opie
It is wise to irritate your wife on occasion, so as to manifest your superiority.Jaffery|William J. Locke
You rub each other the wrong way over little things that don't really matter, but that irritate like blazes.Changing Winds|St. John G. Ervine
My dear sir, we shall not say one word to him: that might irritate him: but I should like you to hear a truly learned opinion.Hard Cash|Charles Reade
Word Origin for irritate
1530s, "stimulate to action, rouse, incite," from Latin irritatus, past participle of irritare "excite, provoke." An earlier verb form was irrite (mid-15c.), from Old French irriter. Meaning "annoy, make impatient" is from 1590s. Related: Irritated; irritating.