[syn: excitable, irritable]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Irritable \Ir"ri*ta*ble\, a. [L. irritabilis: cf. F. irritable.
1. Capable of being irritated.
2. Very susceptible of anger or passion; easily inflamed or
exasperated; as, an irritable temper.
Vicious, old, and irritable. --Tennyson.
3. (Physiol.) Endowed with irritability; susceptible of
irritation; capable of being excited to action by the
application of certain stimuli.
4. (Med.) Susceptible of irritation; unduly sensitive to
irritants or stimuli. See Irritation, n., 3.
Syn: Excitable; irascible; touchy; fretful; peevish.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious
young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
[syn: cranky, fractious, irritable, nettlesome,
peevish, peckish, pettish, petulant, scratchy,
testy, tetchy, techy]
2: abnormally sensitive to a stimulus
3: capable of responding to stimuli [syn: excitable,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
122 Moby Thesaurus words for "irritable":
aggressive, agitable, all nerves, allergic, anaphylactic,
apprehensive, bad-tempered, bearish, bellicose, belligerent,
bickering, bitchy, cankered, cantankerous, choleric, churlish,
combative, crabbed, crabby, cranky, cross, cross-grained,
crotchety, crusty, cussed, delicate, disagreeable, disputatious,
divisive, dyspeptic, edgy, emotional, emotionally unstable,
empathetic, empathic, eristic, eruptive, excitable, explosive,
factional, factious, fearful, feisty, fractious, fretful,
frightened, goosy, grouchy, gruff, high-mettled, high-spirited,
high-strung, highly emotional, huffish, huffy, hyperesthetic,
hyperpathic, hypersensitive, ill-humored, ill-tempered, impatient,
inflammable, irascible, itchy, litigious, mean, mettlesome, moody,
nerves on edge, nervous, nervy, on edge, ornery, overrefined,
oversensible, oversensitive, overstrung, overtender, panicky,
partisan, passible, peevish, perturbable, perverse, pettish,
petulant, pindling, polarizing, polemic, prickly, pugnacious,
quarrelsome, querulous, raspy, refined, responsive, sensitive,
short-tempered, shrewish, skittish, snappish, snappy, spiteful,
spleeny, splenetic, startlish, supersensitive, sympathetic,
tactful, temperamental, tender, testy, tetchy, thin-skinned,
ticklish, touchy, ugly, uneasy, volcanic, waspish, whiny,