What does irritate mean?

Definitions for irritateˈɪr ɪˌteɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word irritate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil(verb)

    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

    "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

  2. irritate(verb)

    excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame

    "Aspirin irritates my stomach"

  3. irritate(verb)

    excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus

    "irritate the glands of a leaf"


  1. irritate(Verb)

    To provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure.

  2. irritate(Verb)

    To introduce irritability.

  3. irritate(Verb)

    To cause or induce displeasure or irritation.

  4. irritate(Verb)

    To induce pain in (all or part of a body or organism).

  5. Origin: From irritatus, past participle of irritare

Webster Dictionary

  1. Irritate(verb)

    to render null and void

  2. Irritate(verb)

    to increase the action or violence of; to heighten excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate

  3. Irritate(verb)

    to excite anger or displeasure in; to provoke; to tease; to exasperate; to annoy; to vex; as, the insolence of a tyrant irritates his subjects

  4. Irritate(verb)

    to produce irritation in; to stimulate; to cause to contract. See Irritation, n., 2

  5. Irritate(noun)

    to make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to fret; as, the skin is irritated by friction; to irritate a wound by a coarse bandage

  6. Irritate(adj)

    excited; heightened

  7. Origin: [See 1 st Irritant.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Irritate

    ir′i-tāt, v.t. to make angry: to provoke: to excite heat and redness in: (Scots law) to render null and void.—n. Irritabil′ity, the quality of being easily irritated: the peculiar susceptibility to stimuli possessed by the living tissues.—adj. Irr′itable, that may be irritated: easily provoked: (med.) susceptible of excitement or irritation.—n. Irr′itableness.—adv. Irr′itably.—n. Irr′itancy, the state of being irritant: a becoming null and void.—adj. Irr′itant, irritating.—n. that which causes irritation.—n. Irritā′tion, act of irritating or exciting: excitement: (med.) the term applied to any morbid excitement of the vital actions not amounting to inflammation, often, but not always, leading to that condition.—adjs. Irr′itātive, Irr′itātory, tending to irritate or excite: accompanied with or caused by irritation. [L. irritāre, -ātum, prob. freq. of irrīre, to snarl, as a dog.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of irritate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of irritate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Phyllis Schlafly:

    I only went to law school to irritate the feminists.

  2. Richard Rosenfeld:

    They can irritate and cause more problems than good.

  3. Queen Victoria, in a letter to King Leopold of Belgium, April 4, 1848:

    Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.

  4. Ellen Mowry:

    Caffeine can irritate the bladder, increasing problems with urination that some people with MS already experience.

  5. Glenn Harnett:

    PVC also releases gases known as volatile organic compounds, which are gases that can irritate the eyes, nose, and lungs.

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