(adjective, verb)


1. causing irritation or annoyance

- an irritating delay

Similar word(s): disagreeable, annoying, bothersome, galling, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguey, plaguy, teasing, vexatious, vexing

2. (used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite

- an irritative agent

Similar word(s): stimulative, irritative

3. causing physical discomfort

- bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful

Similar word(s): uncomfortable, painful


1. present participle of irritate