Definition of irascible in English:

irascible

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈrasɪb(ə)l
 
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adjective

Derivatives

irascibility

Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • She is at once an intellectual giant, the personification of hostile irascibility, and a kind and gentle great-grandmother.
  • Wendy is more pragmatic, gently chiding staff who do not serve customers quickly enough, and acting as an emollient to those whose egos have been bruised by her father's irascibility.
  • The only noticeable change was in his growing irascibility with the passing years.

irascibly

adverb
More example sentences
  • How selfish he must think I am, she thought irascibly, tugging her long slender fingers through her hair to unravel the lacquered knots.
  • There's more chance then of a top dog being snapped at its customised boots by a mongrel that irascibly, annoyingly, insistently does not know its place.
  • ‘There wasn't a wall here before, last time I checked,’ I mutter irascibly into the hard concrete and slumped into the ground.

Origin

late Middle English: via French from late Latin irascibilis, from Latin irasci 'grow angry', from ira 'anger'.

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