Definition of irascible in English:

irascible

adjective

  • Having or showing a tendency to be easily angered.

    ‘an irascible man’
    • ‘Dunmore was certainly a haughty, irascible man, who made enemies easily and often.’
    • ‘I know that she is a poor widow, and that this innkeeper happens to be a very irascible person.’
    • ‘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 judge is known for not allowing much to hold back his biting observations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ed is voluble, softhearted, irascible, loyal to friends, and drinkative when it comes to single-malts.’
    • ‘She effortlessly recalled people and events and could quote at length the irascible characters of Montana history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I opened James Howard Kunstler's first nonfiction book four years ago, the irascible, bombastic tone of his descriptions immediately put me off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You've got to admit, he's got longevity, a little patience there, even though he's a bit irascible after all these years.’
    • ‘As a public spokesman for seismology and earthquake hazard mitigation, Richter often showed an irascible personality.’
    • ‘It didn't take Manny long to clash with another irascible guard.’
    • ‘King is also said to be a moody, irascible, and emotional cuss.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Mature students were a rarity and often a target for irascible teachers, so medical school was uncomfortable.’
    • ‘Keen to open up their own bistro, Robin and Vicky enter into a business partnership with her irascible father James.’
    irritable, quick-tempered, short-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, hot-tempered, thin-skinned, snappy, snappish, tetchy, testy, touchy, edgy, crabby, waspish, dyspeptic
    surly, cross, crusty, crabbed, grouchy, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish, querulous, captious, fractious, bilious
    narky, prickly, ratty, hot under the collar
    iracund, iracundulous
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Origin

Late Middle English: via French from late Latin irascibilis, from Latin irasci grow angry from ira anger.

Pronunciation

irascible

/iˈrasəb(ə)l/