• WordNet 3.6
    • adv irritably in an irritable manner "she had become irritably exact"
    • adv irritably in a petulant manner; `Go away!'" "he said testily"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cashew nuts contain oil in the shell that is very irritating to the skin
    • adv Irritably In an irritable manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: More than 100 years ago, the felt hat makers of England used mercury to stabilize wool. Most of them eventually became poisoned by the fumes, as demonstrated by the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Breathing mercury's fumes over a long period of time will cause erethism, a disorder characterized by nervousness, irritability, and strange personality changes.
    • irritably In an irritable manner; so as to cause or manifest irritation.
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  • Horace
    “The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.”
  • Edward M. Forster
    “I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be.”
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Proverb
    Pennsylvania Dutch Proverb
    “Our faults irritate us most when we see them in others.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality.”
  • Carl Jung
    “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “There aren't many irritations to match the condescension which a woman metes out to a man who she believes has loved her vainly for the past umpteen years.”


In literature:

Now he was irritated.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole
He did what his wife in her irritation had precisely foreseen that he would do.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Misery had only grown and spread, irritated even to rage.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
As the Grotto irritates you and rends your heart; as it's a cause of continual warfare, injustice, and corruption.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
There was a sort of feverish irritability in the air.
"K" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
To maintain it intact, it was necessary to turn upon their sister with concentrated irritation.
"Miss Lulu Bett" by Zona Gale
The involuntary muscles respond to irritation much less rapidly than do the voluntary.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The speech bewildered rather than irritated Hyacinth.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
Finally he turned, rather irritably.
"Birthright" by T.S. Stribling
That is what irritates me; that is what makes us quarrel: for I cannot, like him, put the mystery aside.
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola

In poetry:

Ask thou not ought, as long as thou dost live,
That is repugnant to God's holy Word:
If thou shou'dst ask, what he's not pleas'd to give,
Thy prayer will but irritate the Lord.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
Borne down so
By sullen immensities,
Two caught children we stood,
Waiting the flash, the oblique arm of the parent, Waiting for speech from the jowl
Of the irritated horizon….
"Black Laughter" by Genevieve Taggard
"Cen-TEEN-ary!" sez 'e;
An' looks fair, bang at me
All sort of snakey-eyed an' irritated.
Sez I, "Don't be absurd,
For the dictionary word
Is Cen-TEN-ary. It's much more edjacated."
"For The Defence" by C J Dennis
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE (irritably):
"Jim? Oh, be d-d to him. Doors are all slammed to him -
Cohen's and Isaac's and old Ikey Mo's.
We would live decently! Up the spout recently
He has shoved everything barring our clothes.
"A Dirge of the Morning After" by C J Dennis
With all its petty pain,
Its irritating littleness and care;
They who have scaled the mountain, with content
Sublime, descend to live upon the plain;
Steadfast as though they breathed the mountain-air
Still, wheresoe'er they went.
"Heroes" by Emma Lazarus
Then GILBERT, who was irritable, rose and loudly swore
He'd know the reason why if she refused to tell him more;
And she answered (all the woman in her flashing from her eyes)
"You mustn't ask no questions, and you won't be told no lies!
"Annie Protheroe. A Legend of Stratford-le-Bow" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

IT must be the irritating weather, because it certainly isn't as if business is bad.
In silencing an irritating broadcaster, Hugo Chávez has taken a big step away from democracy.
National Public Radio's treatment of scientific and environmental issues is puzzling — and irritating.
If Heat, center win title, it will certainly irritate Lakers superstar.
Unsweetened coconut may help irritable bowel.
World beat experiments abound, and some of them are more irritating pretension than fodder for the utopian dance floor.
Com­mon signs of not hav­ing enough iron sources in your diet include a lack of energy, dizzi­ness, and irri­tabil­ity.
A cure for irritable dad syndrome.
Irritable manager, meet irritating rookie.
Local rudeness irritating even the French.
Postnasal drip occurs when the thin mucus secreted into the throat by the nose and sinuses decreases and thickens, causing irritation.
You can also use this on irritated and burning feet to treat and soothe skin.
Such a turn on the pay-cable service's frequently irritating slogan could've been the watchwords tonight at the award ceremonies of the 56th annual Cannes International Film Festival.
Caused by an irritation of the sciatic nerve, this pain can radiate down the back of the leg and all the way to the foot.
Situations that call for formal attire: irritating high school dances, weddings, galas and, sometimes, Halloween.

In science:

Synchrotron radiation was an irritant in early electron synchrotrons and storage rings.
The world of synchrotrons
Irritating also because no convincing fault in the Nozieres idea has been found.
Developments in Correlated Fermions
A couple of minor irritants need to be quickly addressed.
Applications of duality theory to cousin complexes
But there are still some irritating results.
Summary Talk: Challenges in Particle Astrophysics
The notation chosen may irritate some readers.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?