Irritable synonyms

ĭr'ĭ-tə-bəl

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(Informal) Rapid and without delay.
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Partially or totally dark, especially dismal and dreary:
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(Obs.) Melancholy
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Gloomy; dismal.
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Growling, having a snarl.
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Having a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition.
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Likely to snap or bite, as a dog.
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Marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults:
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Surly and peevish; cranky.
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Easily aroused to anger.
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Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis or turning point.
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In pursuance, conformity, or accordance; used adverbially
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Having or showing a quick temper or irascible nature
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Not satisfied (with the quality of something)
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Expressing sorrow; mournful or melancholy.
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Threatening, as of weather conditions; ominous:
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Sullenly melancholy; gloomy.
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Creating unnecessary fuss.
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Having a slender waist, like a wasp
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Note: Cantankerous is generally used to describe an unpleasant elderly person in a slightly pejorative manner. However, the term can be used to people in general, livestock, and machinery as well.
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Capriciously stubborn or eccentric; perverse.
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Characteristic of a curmudgeon; churlish
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Marked by worry and distress; troublesome:
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Full of complaint; peevish
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Responding excessively to the stimulus of a foreign agent, such as an allergen.
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Troubled, irritated by something unwanted or unliked; vexed.
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Involving interchange; reciprocal.
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(Of soil) difficult to till, lacking pliancy; unmanageable
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In a bad-tempered or sulky mood; grumpy
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Harsh and throaty; hoarse
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Containing a large amount of shortening; flaky:
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Of or pertaining to a shrew, a nagging, ill-tempered woman.
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The definition of sulky is someone or something that is gloomy or withdrawn.
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Showing a brooding ill humor or silent resentment; morose or sulky.
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Pertaining to or having a crust, as, for example, in the case of bread.
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Used other than as an idiom: see thin,"Ž skinned.
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Having an easygoing, cheerful disposition.
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Easily excited.
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The definition of quarrelsome is someone who is prone to getting into arguments or fights.
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Inclined to melancholy.
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Of or like the color of bile
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Crabbed; difficult, or perplexing.
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(Not comparable) Of, relating to, or having dyspepsia or indigestion.
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Having outlines that are too sharp
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Charged with emotion; spirited:
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Hard to manage; unruly; rebellious; refractory
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Easily provoked to outbursts of anger; irritable.
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The definition of ornery is someone bad tempered or stubborn.
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Querulous or discontented.
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Full of spleen; melancholy
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Stretched tight; strained; taut
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Easily annoyed, irritable.
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Touchy; irritable; peevish
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Very risky
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Being especially well-adapted; felicitous:
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Willing; ready
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Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle:
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Alternative spelling of good-humored.
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Alternative spelling of bad-tempered.
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Hard to understand because intricate or complicated
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Having ill temper; being in a bad mood.
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The definition of nasty is something that is very dirty, unpleasant or offensive.
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Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.
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(Slang) Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome:
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Having or showing a bad temper
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Causing irritation or distress; vexatious.
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The definition of peckish is hungry or cranky.
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Peevish; petulant; cross
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Harsh and irritating:
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Easily irritated:
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Angered or offended
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Tending to be very anxious and easily agitated.
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Always ready to argue; quarrelsome
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Inclined to dispute; fond of arguing; contentious
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The definition of resentful is being angry or holding a grudge against something.
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Naggingly critical or complaining.
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Too critical; too severe in judgment; hard to please
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Causing, expecting, or characterized by falling prices or declining economic conditions.
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(Of a bird) Broody; incubating eggs by sitting on them.
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The definition of pleasant is someone or something that is agreeable, enjoyable or likable.
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(Informal) technical
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Synonym Study

  • Cranky and cross suggest moods in which one cannot be easily pleased or satisfied, cranky because of stubborn notions or whims, and cross because of ill humor
  • Touchy applies to one who is acutely irritable or sensitive and is too easily offended
  • Splenetic suggests a peevish moroseness in one quick to vent his malice or spite
  • Irascible and choleric are applied to persons who are hot-tempered and can be roused to a fit of anger at the slightest irritation
  • Irritable implies quick excitability to annoyance or anger, usually resulting from emotional tension, restlessness, physical indisposition, etc.
Find another word for irritable. In this page you can discover 104 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for irritable, like: snappy, grumbling, gloomy, splenetic, glum, snarling, ill-natured, snappish, captious, cranky and pickle-pussed.