Definition of "irritable" []

  • Easily irritated or annoyed. (adjective)
  • Pathology Abnormally sensitive to a stimulus. (adjective)
  • Physiology Capable of responding to stimuli. (adjective)
  • Quickly irritated; easily annoyed; peevish (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of all living organisms) capable of responding to such stimuli as heat, light, and touch (adjective)
  • Abnormally sensitive (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "irritable" in a sentence
  • "The song had ceased from his lips; but Mary was irritable from a burnt hand and a grandchild whose stomach refused to digest properly diluted cows 'milk."
  • "Anne Crank: Diary of a Young Girl - increasingly irritable from the combination of cabin fever and puberty, Anne begins to write bitter rants against those who share the attic with her."
  • "Yet people are quick to label irritable or angry people as “bad children” or “bad people.”"