- causing irritation; annoying; provoking: irritating questions.
Origin of irritating
- 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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Examples from the Web for irritating
It reminds me of an uncle of mine who said the London Blitz was irritating.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
This strain of enterovirus seems unusually provocative in irritating lower airways, thereby causing airway narrowing.Midwest's 'Mystery Virus' Is Scary but Not Deadly
September 8, 2014
It is such an irritating movie that it has had the effect of clarifying, once and for all, why Braff himself is bothersome.Zach Braff’s Irritating Sense of Entitlement
July 18, 2014
At first it was irritating, but then it became fascinating and finally fun to see.I Was Way Too Old for Z100’s Jingle Ball Concert. But I Couldn’t Have Had More Fun.
December 14, 2013
Both characters manage to spin what could be irritating quirks into identifiable character traits.The Best TV Shows of 2013: ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and More
December 13, 2013
It would be irritating, if you didn't secretly feel the same yourself.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
But he had previously seen her so pained that he felt afraid of irritating her again.His Masterpiece
I bore his horrible humors, his mad, irritating, capricious temper.Melomaniacs
Her system of espial is even more minute and irritating than that of Russia.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
This was an irritating fact, but being 131 a fact had to be accepted.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
- 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 and History for irritating
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.