Definition of irascible in English:



  • Having or showing a tendency to be easily angered.

    ‘an irascible and difficult man’
    • ‘But the picture drawn by Volkmar Braunbehrens's 1989 biography is of a serious, steady, occasionally irascible man.’
    • ‘Ed is voluble, softhearted, irascible, loyal to friends, and drinkative when it comes to single-malts.’
    • ‘Yet he was famously thin-skinned and irascible, as I have good reason to remember, if any criticism became directed at himself.’
    • ‘But when this self-involvement is threatened, well, then we see how irascible, irritable and bad tempered stoners can be.’
    • ‘This particular image consultant appears to have neglected his own image, or maybe he is just happy with being cynical, self-centred, irascible and insufferable.’
    • ‘At the very same time, Teller was also seen as deeply irascible: thin-skinned, emotionally volatile, easily provoked, quick to take offense.’
    • ‘When I opened James Howard Kunstler's first nonfiction book four years ago, the irascible, bombastic tone of his descriptions immediately put me off.’
    • ‘What he doesn't mention is the mood swing from the honeysweet to the irascible.’
    • ‘After 13 years playing the stubborn, long-pocketed and irascible Inspector Morse, this week will see the veteran actor finally wave goodbye to his most famous role.’
    • ‘Two hours later they discovered the best bar in Faro was a barge docked on the banks of the town, where they parlayed for fuel and pinga with the irascible owner, Antonio.’
    • ‘He was a famously difficult and irascible man, some might even have characterized as mad, but was unfailingly courteous, warm and hospitable towards me.’
    • ‘But she wasn't laughing at Leo; she was amused with her own irascible mood.’
    • ‘As the title suggests, the exhibition focuses on the five sea adventures Tintin embarked on with his companions: Snowy, the irascible Captain Haddock and the virtually deaf Professor Calculus.’
    • ‘In the TV show, Bruno pointed out to his irascible music teacher, Mr Sharofsky, that modern technology made traditional instruments redundant.’
    • ‘As a public spokesman for seismology and earthquake hazard mitigation, Richter often showed an irascible personality.’
    • ‘I know that she is a poor widow, and that this innkeeper happens to be a very irascible person.’
    • ‘Usually, one reads descriptions from traditional authors like the following: choleric people are irascible, violent, and so on - can one-fourth of people really be like this?’
    • ‘Keen to open up their own bistro, Robin and Vicky enter into a business partnership with her irascible father James.’
    • ‘In retirement, he has often provided the voice of an iconoclastic and irascible senior officer who has seen a lot - and who zealously guards his right to say what he thinks.’
    • ‘This concern, added to the French government's fear of enraging its notoriously irascible farmers, is the real motivation behind France's refusal to contemplate real reform of the agricultural organization.’
    • ‘The books usually revolved around the exploits of a Northern family, the Brandons, and in particular the dour son of the family Carter and the irascible Uncle Mort.’
    • ‘Dunmore was certainly a haughty, irascible man, who made enemies easily and often.’
    • ‘It didn't take Manny long to clash with another irascible guard.’
    • ‘What happened next led to a company boss pleading guilty to three charges after was provoked into what his solicitor Steven Culleton called ‘an irascible rage.’’
    • ‘In truth, he often proved an irascible, frustrating curmudgeon at the tribunal but people loved him for it.’
    • ‘Luc patiently visits his brother, uncomplainingly sticking by the bedside of this difficult and irascible man when everyone else deserts him.’
    • ‘He played the role for a decade and a half, delighting viewers with his portrayal of the irascible lawyer with references to wife Hilda as ‘she who must be obeyed’.’
    • ‘Frank's irascible uncle, who had raised him after his parents' death, is murdered on his farm and now his nephew wants to find the murderer and claim whatever inheritance he can.’
    • ‘Because Papa grew so grouchy and irascible as his health failed, I wondered at times how many people really liked him.’
    • ‘You've got to admit, he's got longevity, a little patience there, even though he's a bit irascible after all these years.’
    • ‘I think that the distinguished bureau chief of ‘The New York Times’ in London, got it right when he said Prince Philip has been an irascible person all his life.’
    • ‘The two make an odd couple both physically and emotionally - bulky, brooding, irascible Crowe contrasting with laid-back, long-limbed Bettany.’
    • ‘The irascible judge is known for not allowing much to hold back his biting observations.’
    • ‘Looking to her rearview mirror, she sees one solitary car behind her and is thankful that she must only contend with one irascible driver and no more.’
    • ‘She effortlessly recalled people and events and could quote at length the irascible characters of Montana history.’
    • ‘King is also said to be a moody, irascible, and emotional cuss.’
    • ‘Campbell, who's lived on the reservation since 1970, is a lifelong, irascible opponent of nuclear power in general, and the Prairie Island plant in particular.’
    • ‘The irascible Jim Godbolt, a long-time friend of Ronnie Scott, ruffled a few feathers 20 years ago when he published his book on the early decades of British jazz.’
    • ‘Mature students were a rarity and often a target for irascible teachers, so medical school was uncomfortable.’
    irritable, quick-tempered, short-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, hot-tempered, thin-skinned, snappy, snappish, tetchy, testy, touchy, edgy, crabby, waspish, dyspeptic
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Late Middle English: via French from late Latin irascibilis, from Latin irasci ‘grow angry’, from ira ‘anger’.