Definition for irritating (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), ir·ri·tat·ed, ir·ri·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), ir·ri·tat·ed, ir·ri·tat·ing.
Origin of irritate
Examples from the Web for irritating
It reminds me of an uncle of mine who said the London Blitz was irritating.
This strain of enterovirus seems unusually provocative in irritating lower airways, thereby causing airway narrowing.
It is such an irritating movie that it has had the effect of clarifying, once and for all, why Braff himself is bothersome.
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.|Kevin Fallon|December 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|December 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Their heavy fines and irritating restrictions upon foreign workmen were nothing so much as a tax upon industrial progress.Political Thought in England from Locke to Bentham|Harold J. Laski
The passengers were an uneducated set, whose presence was irritating.Letters of Anton Chekhov|Anton Chekhov
Disaffection was visible on all sides, and yet inaction, irritating inaction, was obligatory.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)|Louis Creswicke
It had begun to snow, in a fitful, irritating way—little gritty pellets that blew into his face.The Vehement Flame|Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
"I'll wait a few minutes," said Craig in his sharp, irritating voice.The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig|David Graham Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for irritating
Word Origin for irritate
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.