These small town bouquets must have irritated Chester—the Brooklyn kid, smart, probably kind of tough.
Throughout the primaries, I had been irritated and then outraged by those who argued feminism obliged women to back her.
How well does a swimmer swim when they are irritated, I wondered, and how differently does one swim when one is in love?
1530s, "stimulate to action, rouse, incite," from Latin irritatus, past participle of irritare "excite, provoke." An earlier verb form was irrite (mid-15c.), from Old French irriter. Meaning "annoy, make impatient" is from 1590s. Related: Irritated; irritating.