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irritable

1. Biology (of all living organisms) capable of responding to such stimuli as heat, light, and touch
2. Pathol abnormally sensitive
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'I'm not drunk, I've just been blind.' Rosie sighed irritably. 'Katie's dumped you, I take it?' Ed shook his head and grinned.
If your idea of fun is hunching over a plate, nose running, sweat beads forming on your brow, irritably trying to avoid conversation in order to deal with the task at hand, then this dish is for you.
In no mood for jokes, I irritably reminded him that we were not in the same town, and that in any case it was past midnight, and no cinema hall would be open so late.
Slip in, among some more normal poems you are reading aloud, one that is palindromic, and your hearer will probably notice only the absurdities, the contortions, the infelicities of the writing; and if you point out irritably "But it is a palindromic poem!" will be apt to reply "Then it would be better if it weren't!" Is this condemnation all?
The judge smashed his gavel down irritably, the courtroom was packed with divorce applicants waiting, and granted her a divorce.
At times, being obviously right is not enough to be heard, even though, as Rosa Luxemburg exclaims irritably in one of these excerpts: 'Even a poorly informed student of history knows' (p134).
Johnson," the doctor said somewhat irritably. "I took out your wife's appendix almost two years ago.
"I would disavow it," he said, "but nothing in this country shocks me." When pressed, he replied irritably, "How many times you want me to say it?
The average working man or woman snaps irritably and there is a blow-up just looming in the horizon and you land up having a guilty conscience for ruining everyone's evening.
She also responds irritably to relatively minor issues.
He varied his count with singing cadence songs and managed to simultaneously both confuse and infuriate the horse, who expressed his displeasure with pinned ears and a irritably swishing tail.