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  1. causing irritation; annoying; provoking: irritating questions.
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Origin of irritating

First recorded in 1700–10; irritate + -ing2
Related formsir·ri·tat·ing·ly, adverbnon·ir·ri·tat·ing, adjectiveun·ir·ri·tat·ing, adjective
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  • "Negative," said the voice from the Pentagon, irritatingly GI.

    And Then the Town Took Off

    Richard Wilson

  • She spoke to the horse, who moved on at an irritatingly slow pace.

  • He was a man of middle age, irritatingly careless about his appearance.

    The Dictator

    Milton Lesser

  • "I cannot wait so long, old man," said Edwards irritatingly.

    The Treasure of the Tigris

    A. F. Mockler Ferryman

  • So the man lay still and suffered, not intensely, but irritatingly.

    The Wolf's Long Howl

    Stanley Waterloo