a.1.Irascible; passionate.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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3443-50: "[Of the Werre That He Hath to Hys Meny] The iii were that the irous man hath is to thoo that be vner hym: to his wife, to his meny, yea and yet to doumbe beestys.
Prudence's emphasis on the power of words to alter one's point of view is again emphasized by Chaucer in her argument about the inadvisability, of giving advice when angry: "he that is irous and wrooth [...] ne may nat speke but blameful thynges, and with his viciouse wordes he stireth oother folk to angre and to ire," Prudence observes (VII.
Likewise, the Pardoner announces before telling his tale, "I [have] dronke a draughte of corny ale" (456), and the Friar begins his story of Cambises by declaring, "Irous Cambises was eek dronkelewe" (2043).