Adjective "Irritable" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed.
  1. 'You may also feel irritable, chilly, and thirsty for cold drinks.'
  2. 'She began to grow very irritable at the thought of what would be expected of her.'
  3. 'I guess I've been a little salty, a little irritable.'
  4. 'I am going delirious from lack of sleep, and I am extremely irritable.'
  5. 'The child calmed considerably when she held him, but continued to be irritable.'
  6. 'In case you hadn't noticed, I'm feeling incredibly irritable this week.'
  7. 'The wait would grate so terribly on my nerves that I could easily be irritable for days afterwards, but that particular drive was different.'
  8. 'He suffered from an alternation of depressed moods with elevated, expansive or irritable moods.'
  9. 'Will asked, starting to get annoyed, the pain in his head making him more irritable.'
  10. 'Your baby may dribble a lot, be irritable, clingy and have trouble sleeping.'
(of a body part) abnormally sensitive.
  1. 'An elbow pad may be used to avoid direct pressure on an inflamed, irritable nerve.'
  2. 'I still have irritable bowels though and sometimes the pain keeps me up at night.'
  3. 'Because their skin is inherently irritable, patients with atopic diseases may not tolerate topical retinoids, even if they apply a moisturiser.'
  4. 'It is good for irritations of the body or mind, internal and external, and helps clean the kidneys, heal bladder infections and alleviate irritable bowel conditions.'
  5. 'It has been shown to sooth irritable coughs and other respiratory problems.'
  6. 'Sometimes, gas indicates a digestive disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome or celiac disease.'


1. easily irritated or annoyed; readily excited to impatience or anger.

2. Physiology, Biology. displaying irritability.

3. Pathology. susceptible to physical irritation.

4. Medicine/Medical. abnormally sensitive to a stimulus.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be irritable with people."

"people can be irritable in/at/on times."

"people can be irritable in/at/on days."

"people can be irritable with children."

"people can be irritable on wakings."

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Mid 17th century: from Latin irritabilis, from the verb irritare (see irritate).