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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 ?
That hiss, faint as it was, irritated the irascible gentleman, and sealed the culprit's fate.
The chattering crowd, with their rude jokes cried out from wagon to wagon, sometimes irritated him sharply.
Carr, with an attempt at jocularity that did not, however, disguise an irritated suspiciousness.
By means of them, the sufferer's conscience had been kept in an irritated state, the tendency of which was, not to cure by wholesome pain, but to disorganize and corrupt his spiritual being.
Heated and irritated as he was by his spasmodic toil at the pumps, for all his first nameless feeling of forbearance the sweating Steelkilt could but ill brook this bearing in the mate; but somehow still smothering the conflagration within him, without speaking he remained doggedly rooted to his seat, till at last the incensed Radney shook the hammer within a few inches of his face, furiously commanding him to do his bidding.
It has before been hinted, perhaps, that every little untoward circumstance that befel him, and which indirectly sprang from his luckless mishap, almost invariably irritated or exasperated Ahab.
The escape of Cassy and Emmeline irritated the before surly temper of Legree to the last degree; and his fury, as was to be expected, fell upon the defenceless head of Tom.
At custom-houses the multitude file tediously through, hot and irritated, and look on while the officers burrow into the trunks and make a mess of everything; but you hand your keys to the courier and sit still.
You'd change your mind," said Wilson, with irritated bluntness, "if you knew the entire scheme instead of only part of it.
Huck was irritated to think he had been such a goose and betrayed such a suspicious excitement, for he had dropped the idea that the parcel brought from the tavern was the treasure, as soon as he had heard the talk at the widow's stile.
It is needless to say that Rebecca irritated her aunt with every breath she drew.
Her regard was receiving strength by invariable praise of him, and her regrets kept alive, and feelings irritated by ceaseless repetitions of Miss Hawkins's happiness, and continual observation of, how much he seemed attached