Definition of irritating in English:

irritating

adjective

  • 1Causing annoyance, impatience, or mild anger.

    ‘an irritating child’
    • ‘But they have, all of them, one particularly irritating little habit.’
    • ‘I realised that I'm picking up one of my dad's most irritating habits.’
    • ‘The endless instrument tuning got a bit irritating at times too.’
    • ‘Imagine if that irritating receptionist didn't bother to smile as she told you everything you want is absolutely out of the question.’
    • ‘She looked at him, casting him an irritating, exasperated look.’
    annoying, infuriating, exasperating, maddening, trying, tiresome, vexing, vexatious, irksome, galling, troublesome, bothersome, provoking, displeasing
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  • 2Causing irritation to a body part.

    ‘the substance may be irritating to eyes and skin’
    • ‘Alcohol can also make the stomach more sensitive to the irritating effect of aspirin.’
    • ‘Instead of sunscreens, use sunblocks, which are less irritating to sensitive skin.’
    • ‘The hawking is very irritating to the inflamed throat and is often the reason the symptoms persist.’
    • ‘I am suffering from a urinary tract infection, which has subsequently resulted in an irritating rash on my face and body.’
    • ‘This solution matches your body's salinity, and baking soda makes it less irritating to your sinuses.’

Pronunciation

irritating

/ˈɪrɪteɪtɪŋ/