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v. ir·ri·tat·ed, ir·ri·tat·ing, ir·ri·tates
1. To cause (someone) to feel impatient or angry; annoy: a loud, bossy voice that irritates listeners. See Synonyms at annoy.
2. To make sore or inflamed: The smoke irritated my eyes.
3. Physiology To cause a physiological response to a stimulus in (a cell, body tissue, or organism).
To be a cause of impatience or anger.

[Latin irrītāre, irrītāt-.]

ir′ri·tat′ing·ly adv.
ir′ri·ta′tor n.


annoyed or angered(of a bodily organ or part) excessively stimulated, resulting in inflammation, tenderness, etc


1. 'nervous'

If you are nervous, you are rather frightened about something that you are going to do or experience.

My daughter is nervous about starting school.
2. 'anxious'

If you are worried about something that might happen to someone else, don't say that you are 'nervous'. Say that you are anxious.

It's time to be going home – your mother will be anxious.
I had to deal with calls from anxious relatives.
3. 'irritated' and 'annoyed'

If something makes you angry and impatient because you cannot stop it continuing, don't say that it makes you 'nervous'. Say that you are irritated or annoyed by it.

Perhaps they were irritated by the sound of crying.
I was annoyed by his questions.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.irritated - aroused to impatience or angerirritated - aroused to impatience or anger; "made an irritated gesture"; "feeling nettled from the constant teasing"; "peeved about being left out"; "felt really pissed at her snootiness"; "riled no end by his lies"; "roiled by the delay"
displeased - not pleased; experiencing or manifesting displeasure


adjective annoyed, cross, angry, bothered, put out, hacked (off) (U.S. slang), pissed (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. taboo slang), harassed, impatient, ruffled, exasperated, irritable, nettled, vexed, pissed off (taboo slang), displeased, flustered, peeved (informal), piqued, out of humour Not surprisingly, her teacher is getting irritated with her.


[ˈɪrɪteɪtɪd] adjirrité(e)
to get irritated with sth → s'irriter de qch
to get irritated with sb → s'irriter contre qn
Not surprisingly, her teacher is getting irritated with her → Son professeur s'irrite contre elle et ce n'est pas étonnant.
References in classic literature ?
I made him no answer on the subject, for he is a man all too easily irritated. What, what is going to become ofme?
The Serpent, irritated at the escape of his prey, injected his poison into the drinking horn of the countryman.
I am by no means such a mirthful person as you imagine, or as you may imagine; however, irritated by all this babble (and I feel that you are irritated) you think fit to ask me who I am--then my answer is, I am a collegiate assessor.
Yet all the same this information astonished and irritated the count, coming as it did in the form of a simple note with an order from Kutuzov, and received at night, breaking in on his beauty sleep.
"No," she said, irritated by his so obviously showing by this change of subject that he was irritated, "why did you suppose that this news would affect me so, that you must even try to hide it?
Obviously then a Woman is not to be irritated as long as she is in a position where she can turn round.
Carey, thrifty by inclination and economical by necessity, accepted it with mingled feelings; he was envious of his brother because he could afford to give so much, pleased for the sake of his church, and vaguely irritated by a generosity which seemed almost ostentatious.
Partly because he was irritated by Rachel the idea of marriage irritated him.
Hunsden, I shall not." I felt a necessity for contradicting him; I was irritated with hunger, and irritated at seeing him there, and irritated at the continued roughness of his manner.
It was some time before the irritated parties could be pacified by the more temperate bystanders.
It irritated them more than anything I could have said.
Rook's letter and Emily's obstinacy had seriously irritated her.