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 Dictionary entry overview: What does irritable mean? 

IRRITABLE (adjective)
  The adjective IRRITABLE has 3 senses:

1. easily irritated or annoyed
2. abnormally sensitive to a stimulus
3. capable of responding to stimuli

  Familiarity information: IRRITABLE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

IRRITABLE (adjective)

Sense 1irritable [BACK TO TOP]


Easily irritated or annoyed


petulant; tetchy; irritable; testy; techy; peevish; pettish; scratchy; cranky; peckish; nettlesome; fractious

Context examples:

an incorrigibly fractious young man / not the least nettlesome of his countrymen


ill-natured (having an irritable and unpleasant disposition)

Sense 2irritable [BACK TO TOP]


Abnormally sensitive to a stimulus


sensitive (responsive to physical stimuli)

Domain category:

pathology (the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases)

Sense 3irritable [BACK TO TOP]


Capable of responding to stimuli


excitable; irritable


sensitive (responsive to physical stimuli)

Domain category:

physiology (the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms)

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