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Meaning & Definition of Irritating in English

English

Irritating

/ɪrətetɪŋ/

adjective

1. Causing irritation or annoyance

  • "Tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"
  • "Aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"
  • "Found it galling to have to ask permission"
  • "An irritating delay"
  • "Nettlesome paperwork"
  • "A pesky mosquito"
  • "Swarms of pestering gnats"
  • "A plaguey newfangled safety catch"
  • "A teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"
  • "A vexatious child"
  • "It is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"
    synonym:
  • annoying
  • ,
  • bothersome
  • ,
  • galling
  • ,
  • irritating
  • ,
  • nettlesome
  • ,
  • pesky
  • ,
  • pestering
  • ,
  • pestiferous
  • ,
  • plaguy
  • ,
  • plaguey
  • ,
  • teasing
  • ,
  • vexatious
  • ,
  • vexing

2. (used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite

  • "An irritative agent"
    synonym:
  • irritating
  • ,
  • irritative

3. Causing physical discomfort

  • "Bites of black flies are more than irritating
  • They can be very painful"
    synonym:
  • irritating
  • ,
  • painful

Examples of using

I have to -- oh God oh great -- remember such a string of numbers, great famous Archimedes, help the suffering, give him the power, let him recite by heart those famous, and yet for us irritating, ah, numbers of Ludolph!