Synonyms of irritate in English:


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1‘if you are feeling slightly down, the smallest things are likely to irritate you’


annoy, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, bother, irk, gall, pique, put out, displease, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, try someone's patience, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles

enrage, infuriate, madden, incense, make someone's blood boil, drive to distraction, goad, provoke

informal aggravate, peeve, hassle, miff, rile, nettle, needle, get, get to, bug, hack off, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, put someone's nose out of joint, get someone's goat, give someone the hump, rattle someone's cage, get someone's dander up, drive crazy, drive mad, drive round the bend, drive round the twist, drive up the wall, drive bananas, make someone see red

British informal wind up, nark, get across, get on someone's wick

North American informal tee off, tick off, burn up, rankle, ride, gravel, bum out

British informal get on someone's tits

NZ informal rark

dated, informal give someone the pip

vulgar slang piss off

rare exacerbate, hump, rasp



2‘some sand got into the car and irritated my eyes’


inflame, aggravate

hurt, pain

chafe, abrade, fret, gall, rub painfully, rub against, scratch, rasp, scrape, graze, grate

rare excoriate