Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
To trouble the nerves or peace of mind of, especially by repeated vexations
, an informal word, means to cause to be annoyed, cross, or fretful he seems peeved about something
implies intense irritation such as exhausts one's patience or makes one lose one's self-control exasperating impudence
implies irritation that stings or piques rather than infuriates sly, nettling remarks
is to arouse strong annoyance or resentment, or, sometimes, vindictive anger provoked by an insult
, the broadest in scope of these terms, may suggest temporary superficial impatience, or constant annoyance in, or an outburst of anger from, the person stirred to feeling their smugness irritated him
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"I'm afraid it will irritate your wound," she reasoned.
She knew that her going in during the night at an unusual hour would irritate him.
All of them injected into the blood in large doses act as muscle and nerve poisons, and during their excretion by the kidney usually irritate it severely, but only a few are absorbed in sufficient amount to produce similar effects when given by the mouth.
He had no idea if she'd respond or not; he did it more to irritate her than because he was thirsty.