- angered, provoked, or annoyed.
- inflamed or made raw, as a part of the body.
Origin of irritated
- to excite to impatience or anger; annoy.
- Physiology, Biology. to excite (a living system) to some characteristic action or function.
- Pathology. to bring (a body part) to an abnormally excited or sensitive condition.
- to cause irritation or become irritated.
Origin of irritate
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Contemporary Examples of irritated
Third parties in turn quibbled with his accounts, and he was irritated, but not overly so.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
Irritated members of Congress say that the authorization of the train-and-equip mission is merely about optics.U.S. Hasn’t Even Started Training Rebel Army to Fight ISIS
November 25, 2014
Her push for public hearings on Packwood irritated her Democratic male colleagues along with the Republicans.And Now Mitch McConnell Is the ‘Pro-Woman’ Candidate!
October 20, 2014
“We could kill ourselves,” concludes an irritated member of the crew.The Awful Apps That Let You Vote With Your Wallet
August 22, 2014
The Ukip photographer tried to take a picture, which irritated Farage.Is Britain’s Tea Party Turning Politics Upside Down?
April 30, 2014
Historical Examples of irritated
"You must have something to do," cried Cheppi, in an irritated tone.Rico and Wiseli
These Mohmands had neither been irritated nor interfered with in any way.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
How tense they both had been, how afraid of each other, how she had irritated him!
She irritated him more and more, not by what she did but by what she was.
He was irritated, too, by a suspicion of duplicity in the members of the force.The Secret Agent
- to annoy or anger (someone)
- (tr) biology to stimulate (an organism or part) to respond in a characteristic manner
- (tr) pathol to cause (a bodily organ or part) to become excessively stimulated, resulting in inflammation, tenderness, etc
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.