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IRRITATING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does irritating mean? 

IRRITATING (adjective)
  The adjective IRRITATING has 3 senses:

1. causing irritation or annoyance
2. (used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite
3. causing physical discomfort

  Familiarity information: IRRITATING used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IRRITATING (adjective)


Sense 1irritating [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing irritation or annoyance

Synonyms:

annoying; vexatious; pestering; pesky; nettlesome; irritating; galling; bothersome; plaguy; vexing; plaguey; teasing; pestiferous

Context examples:

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

Similar:

disagreeable (not to your liking)


Sense 2irritating [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite

Synonyms:

irritative; irritating

Context example:

an irritative agent

Similar:

stimulative (capable of arousing or accelerating physiological or psychological activity or response by a chemical agent)


Sense 3irritating [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing physical discomfort

Synonyms:

irritating; painful

Context example:

bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful

Similar:

uncomfortable (providing or experiencing physical discomfort)


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