Definition of irascible in English:

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irascible

Pronunciation: /ɪˈrasɪb(ə)l/

adjective

Having or showing a tendency to be easily angered: an irascible and difficult man
More example sentences
  • But when this self-involvement is threatened, well, then we see how irascible, irritable and bad tempered stoners can be.
  • Luc patiently visits his brother, uncomplainingly sticking by the bedside of this difficult and irascible man when everyone else deserts him.
  • Yet he was famously thin-skinned and irascible, as I have good reason to remember, if any criticism became directed at himself.
Synonyms
irritable, quick-tempered, short-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, hot-tempered, thin-skinned, snappy, snappish, tetchy, testy, touchy, edgy, crabby, waspish, dyspeptic;
surly, cross, crusty, crabbed, grouchy, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish, querulous, captious, fractious, bilious
informal narky, prickly, ratty, hot under the collar
rare iracund, iracundulous

Derivatives

irascibility

Pronunciation: /ɪrasɪˈbɪlɪti/
noun
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

Pronunciation: /ɪˈrasɪbli/
adverb
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'.

Words that rhyme with irascible

passible
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