Definitions

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  • adv. In an irritating way; in a manner causing irritation, or that irritates.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an irritating manner or degree; so as to irritate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an irritating manner

Etymologies

irritating +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Noelle shook her head, her expression irritatingly condescending.

    Ominous

  • The different news sources repeat each other, turning print into audio and back again irritatingly, and then repeat themselves to make sure it really happened.

    "Rookie mistake."

  • Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says reducing import tariffs is one way Ottawa could respond to what he has described as the irritatingly high cost of consumer goods when compared with prices south of the border.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Those of you of a certain age may recall the irritatingly catchy song by Aqua called Barbie Girl which had as its lyrics the following:

    Blaney's Blarney

  • Mr. BLOUNT: You wouldn't - just because he has a funny little mustache that looks kind of irritatingly ...

    Panel Round Two

  • Asian-Americans are Kev Nish, Prohgress, J Spliff and DJ Virman, and they write the kind of irritatingly catchy radio hits that make the Black Eyed Peas sound like Steve Reich.

    The Guardian World News

  • He's already scampering about gamely looking like the kind of irritatingly perky euro teenager who might do a really embarrassing Big Brother audition tape.

    The Guardian World News

  • Yes, PBS can be irritatingly self-righteous, and reflects a left-of-center bias in both its tone of voice and its story selection.

    Bill Shireman: A Conservative Case for Public Broadcasting

  • I thought, in this new era, it was supposed to get harder for progressive bloggers to find examples of irritatingly outrageous conservative hypocrisy.

    Matthew Yglesias » Conservatives Prepare to Abandon Newfound Love for CBO

  • I have worked with knife blocks, but it seems to be irritatingly impossible to ever remember which knife lives in which slot no matter how often you use them.

    Nigella Lawson's Cozy Kitchen

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