irritating

adjective
1. causing irritation or annoyance (Freq. 1)
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tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork

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aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport

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found it galling to have to ask permission

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an irritating delay

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nettlesome paperwork

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a pesky mosquito

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swarms of pestering gnats

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a plaguey newfangled safety catch

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a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him

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a vexatious child

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it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong

Syn:
Similar to: ↑disagreeable
Derivationally related forms: ↑plague (for: ↑plaguey), ↑plague (for: ↑plaguy)
2. (used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite
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an irritative agent

Syn: ↑irritative
Similar to: ↑stimulative
Derivationally related forms: ↑irritate (for: ↑irritative)
3. causing physical discomfort
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bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful

Syn: ↑painful
Similar to: ↑uncomfortable
Derivationally related forms: ↑painfulness (for: ↑painful)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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