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Definition of irritating:

  1. ( used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite; " an irritative agent"
  2. causing irritation or annoyance; " tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"; " aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"; " found it galling to have to ask permission"; " an irritating delay"; " nettlesome paperwork"; " a pesky mosquito"; " swarms of pestering gnats"; " a plaguey newfangled safety catch"; " a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"; " a vexatious child"; " it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"
  3. causing physical discomfort; " bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful"

Synonyms:

pestilent, pain, dirty, unspeakable, dreadful, irritative, scratchy, terrible, pesky, testy, uncomfortable, fractious, painful, vexatious, vexing, mocking, stimulative, awful, nettlesome, atrocious, pestilential, pettish, teasing, plaguey, disagreeable, quizzical, tetchy, annoying, bothersome, cranky, abominable, pestiferous, maddening, petulant, irritable, afflictive, galling, peckish, pestering, plaguy, peevish, techy, perversive, corruptive.

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