- 1Make (someone) annoyed, impatient, or angry: his tone irritated her [no object]: his voice tends to irritateMore example sentences
annoy, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, nettle, put out, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, try someone's patience, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise; infuriate, madden, provoke, pester, rub the wrong way• informal aggravate, hassle, miff, rile, needle, get to, bug, get in someone's hair, get under someone's skin, get someone's dander up, rattle someone's cage, get/put someone's back up, drive mad/crazy, drive someone around the bend, drive up the wall, drive bananas, tee off, tick off, burn up, rankle, rideannoyed, cross, angry, vexed, exasperated, irked, piqued, nettled, put out, fed up, disgruntled, in a bad mood, in a temper, testy, in a huff, huffy, aggrieved; irate, infuriated, incensed• informal aggravated, peeved, miffed, mad, riled, hot under the collar, teed off, ticked off, PO'd, sore• archaic wroth
- Later that evening, Jenny remarked that she was irritated with Sara.
- Ryan asked, but Meg could tell he wasn't irritated; his tone was teasingly amiable.
- The situation was made worse when Jason made a remark that had irritated her.
- 1.1Cause inflammation or other discomfort in (a part of the body).More example sentences
inflame, aggravate; pain, hurt; chafe, abrade, scratch, rasp• rare excoriate
- The top of the femoral canal may be reinforced by a mesh made of a synthetic material that does not irritate the body.
- Without the protection of the eyelid, the inside of the eyelid and the surface of your eye may become dry, irritated and inflamed.
- Every single square inch of your body is irritated.
- 1.2 Biology Stimulate (an organism, cell, or organ) to produce an active response.More example sentences
- The implanted electrodes may irritate the snake to such an extent that it may never reach basal condition.
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- Irritated eyes: as the name suggests, it implies dry eyes, burning eyes, light sensitivity, eyestrain are the most pesky and irritative symptoms that trouble the computer user.
- In our recent studies, we found that exposure to petrochemical air pollution is associated with increased rates of acute irritative symptoms in adults.
- Other presentations include irritative voiding, discharge of mucous blood or pus from the umbilicus, and obstructive symptoms.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'excite, provoke'): from Latin irritat- 'irritated', from the verb irritare.