View synonyms for irritating


[ ir-i-tey-ting ]


  1. irritating questions.

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Other Words From

  • irri·tating·ly adverb
  • non·irri·tating adjective
  • un·irri·tating adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of irritating1

First recorded in 1700–10; irritat(e) + -ing 2
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Example Sentences

This recycled gossip is tiresome, but what’s most irritating about “A Bright Ray of Darkness” is that it’s really good.

Many people find it difficult to create a seal with traditional cups, and the stem on them is irritating.

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All the effort was aimed at making the banners less irritating.

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At times, this relentlessness can make The Life You Can Save irritating.

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So, try your best not to get angry with them, no matter how irritating they can be.

If couples can seem smug and self-enclosed, the married single represents an even more irritating manifestation of that.

It reminds me of an uncle of mine who said the London Blitz was irritating.

But in addition to all of that, it's also really irritating—and not just by New Yorker standards.

This strain of enterovirus seems unusually provocative in irritating lower airways, thereby causing airway narrowing.

As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with.

The nasty scandal at the Pandemonium had been particularly irritating to Haggard personally.

Their boasted successes, the crowding of colonies, schemes of settlement and development,—all were disagreeable and irritating.

If irritating to the skin, these lotions can be made weaker, or less frequently applied than might otherwise be necessary.

It took him some moments to recognize them as the irritating rustling of his silken dress.

The prince said nothing, but the smile that played upon his thin lips was a sufficient and most irritating answer.


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