- 1Make (someone) annoyed or a little angry: his tone irritated herMore example sentences
annoy, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, bother, irk, gall, pique, put out, displease, get/put someone's back up, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, try someone's patience, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles; enrage, infuriate, madden, incense, make someone's blood boil, drive to distraction, goad, provoke• informal aggravate, peeve, hassle, miff, rile, nettle, needle, get, get to, bug, hack off, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, put someone's nose out of joint, get someone's goat, give someone the hump, rattle someone's cage, get someone's dander up, drive mad/crazy, drive round the bend/twist, drive up the wall, drive bananas, make someone see redBritish • informal get on someone's tits• informal , • dated give someone the pip• vulgar slang piss off• rare exacerbate, hump, raspannoyed, cross, angry, vexed, exasperated, irked, piqued, displeased, put out, fed up, disgruntled, in a bad mood, in a temper, testy, in high dudgeon, huffy, in a huff, resentful, aggrieved; furious, irate, infuriated, incensed, enraged, wrathful, choleric• informal aggravated, peeved, nettled, miffed, miffy, mad, riled, hacked off, peed off, hot under the collar, foaming at the mouthBritish • informal browned off, cheesed off, brassed off, not best pleased, narked, ratty, shirty, eggyWest Indian • informal vex• vulgar slang pissed offNorth American • vulgar slang pissed• literary ireful
- 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.
- 2Cause inflammation or other discomfort in (a part of the body): sprays and polishes can irritate dry, sensitive skinMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 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.
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- The Kings and the Lakers got involved in a scuffle following the actions of two of the biggest irritators.
- I bombed into French in a perky mood; not even Eric (the class irritator) could being me down that day.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'excite, provoke'): from Latin irritat- 'irritated', from the verb irritare.