- The definition of irritate is to aggravate or annoy, or to cause itchiness, inflammation or discomfort in or on the body.
- When you annoy someone, this is an example of a time when youirritate them.
- When a sweater causes you to itch and causes your skin to become red, this is an example of when your sweaterirritates the skin.
Mom is irritating her son.
irritate definition by Webster's New World
- to excite to anger; provoke; annoy; exasperate
- to cause (an organ or part of the body) to be inflamed or sore
- Physiol. to excite (an organ, muscle, etc.) to a characteristic action or function by a stimulus
Origin: ; from Classical Latin irritatus, past participle of irritare, to excite, stimulate, irritate ; from ir-, in- plush Indo-European base an unverified form erei-, to excite, agitate from source roam
- irritatingly adverb
irritate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb ir·ri·tat·ed, ir·ri·tat·ing, ir·ri·tates verb, transitive
- To rouse to impatience or anger; annoy: a loud bossy voice that irritates listeners. See Synonyms at annoy.
- To chafe or inflame.
- Physiology To cause physiological activity or response in (an organ or tissue), as by application of a stimulus.
Origin: Latin irrītāre, irrītāt-.
- irˈri·tatˌing·ly adverb
- irˈri·taˌtor noun