irritable Definition

  • 1having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed or made angry
  • 2causing irritation or annoyance

Using irritable: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "irritable" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He becomes irritable when he doesn't get enough sleep.

  • Example

    The constant noise outside was making her irritable.

  • Example

    I'm sorry if I seem irritable today, I'm just really stressed out.

irritable Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with irritable

  • a chronic condition affecting the large intestine and causing abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel movements


    She has been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and is trying to manage it through diet and medication.

  • a condition characterized by urinary urgency, frequency, and sometimes incontinence


    Her doctor diagnosed her with an irritable bladder and recommended pelvic floor exercises to help manage the symptoms.

  • a condition characterized by contractions of the uterus that are more frequent than normal but do not lead to labor


    She was put on bed rest due to her irritable uterus and given medication to help prevent preterm labor.

Origins of irritable

from Latin 'irritabilis', meaning 'irritable'


Summary: irritable in Brief

The term 'irritable' [ˈɪrɪtəbl] refers to a tendency to become easily annoyed or angry, or something that causes irritation or annoyance. It can describe a person's mood or behavior, as in 'He becomes irritable when he doesn't get enough sleep,' or a situation, as in 'The constant noise outside was making her irritable.' 'Irritable' is also used in medical terms, such as 'irritable bowel syndrome,' which causes abdominal pain and changes in bowel movements.

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