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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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Take this example: "A Japanese wife never speaks irritably to her husband--she merely rearranges the flowers.
In fact, when Ryan's mom tried to hug him to make amends, he irritably wriggled out of her smothering arms
Look, I can't actually express it," Abe said irritably when asked what it was like to leave his family.
Or you could actually wake up when we elbow you in the ribs, instead of sighing irritably, turning over, and resuming your programme of deafening snoring where you left off.
The first was to snap irritably at two who were chatting during an absorbing lecture on King Lear and the second being commiserated with regarding a personal matter.
Frontman Luke Pritchard owned the small stage as he rattled through the band's crowd-pleasing tunes, including irritably catchy Seaside and best-seller Naive.
Keith Downing, Albion's coach, defended his player by irritably declaring that "It (the quenelle) has got nothing to do with what is being saidIt is absolute rubbish.
Kennedy is variously described as speaking impatiently, irritably, tersely, and half-heartedly; he retorts, concedes, acquiesces, and stresses.
The second telephoned whilst I was driving irritably through the rush-hour jams a couple of weeks later and I'm afraid I was less than polite after pulling into a lay-by.
Just looks at me and then at Hardy, who snaps the word "procedure" in such an irritably waspish tone that I actually gawp at her.
If we take "Race Change Operation" as utterly satiric, voicing ironic contempt for the status signifiers of the "establishment," then what are we to make of another poem, "The Judges of Craft," in which Ellis irritably incorporates a series of his personal rejection notes from magazines?