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Definitions for irritable
ˈɪr ɪ tə bəlir·ri·ta·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cranky, fractious, irritable, nettlesome, peevish, peckish, pettish, petulant, scratchy, testy, tetchy, techyadjective

    easily irritated or annoyed

    "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"

  2. irritableadjective

    abnormally sensitive to a stimulus

  3. excitable, irritableadjective

    capable of responding to stimuli


  1. irritableadjective

    Capable of being irritated.

  2. irritableadjective

    Easily exasperated or excited.

  3. irritableadjective

    Responsive to stimuli.


  1. irritable

    Irritation, in biology and physiology, is a state of inflammation or painful reaction to allergy or cell-lining damage. A stimulus or agent which induces the state of irritation is an irritant. Irritants are typically thought of as chemical agents (for example phenol and capsaicin) but mechanical, thermal (heat), and radiative stimuli (for example ultraviolet light or ionising radiations) can also be irritants. Irritation also has non-clinical usages referring to bothersome physical or psychological pain or discomfort. Irritation can also be induced by some allergic response due to exposure of some allergens for example contact dermatitis, irritation of mucosal membranes and pruritus. Mucosal membrane is the most common site of irritation because it contains secretory glands that release mucous which attracts the allergens due to its sticky nature. Chronic irritation is a medical term signifying that afflictive health conditions have been present for a while. There are many disorders that can cause chronic irritation, the majority involve the skin, vagina, eyes and lungs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Irritableadjective

    capable of being irriated

  2. Irritableadjective

    very susceptible of anger or passion; easily inflamed or exasperated; as, an irritable temper

  3. Irritableadjective

    endowed with irritability; susceptible of irritation; capable of being excited to action by the application of certain stimuli

  4. Irritableadjective

    susceptible of irritation; unduly sensitive to irritants or stimuli. See Irritation, n., 3

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of irritable in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of irritable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of irritable in a Sentence

  1. Russell Rosenberg:

    It also affects relationships quite dramatically. Narcoleptics say they fall asleep while having sex or are too tired to have sex, or are irritable.

  2. Chris Morris:

    It makes me irritable when people come around asking for trouble and I don't have any ready for them. Now I'll have to go find them and deliver some.

  3. Jennifer Bonjean:

    I went back to being irritable, i went back to blaming myself. I became a loner.

  4. Raj Dasgupta:

    It’s never too late to start, sleep is very individualized, and every child will respond differently to the time change. Make sure you as the parent are getting the rest you need as well, so you’re not overly irritable with your child.

  5. Amy Arnsten:

    You notice things like being more irritable, more destructive, less motivated, less hopeful.

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