from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Difficult or impossible to control or restrain: irrepressible laughter.
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- adj. Not containable or controllable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not capable of being repressed, restrained, or controlled
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not repressible; incapable of being repressed, restrained, or kept under control.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. impossible to repress or control
You often hear someone described as irrepressible, so why is no one ever called repressible?
The scaling him with chairs for ladders to dive into his pockets, despoil him of brown-paper parcels, hold on tight by his cravat, hug him round his neck, pommel his back, and kick his legs in irrepressible affection!
Job's outward calamities affect his mind. poured out -- in irrepressible complaints (Ps 42: 4; Jos 7: 5).
(_As she rises on the last movement of the dance toward ecstasy, the excitement rises with her, expressing itself in short, irrepressible yelps, at the highest point of which a scream from_
Some of the men now coming over it with the police had travelled it with Wolseley a few years previously and would have vivid recollections of the flies and mud and portages and the need of manufacturing skidways over the bogs, but they would also recall the irrepressible and uproarious spirit in which they used to sing of their additional accomplishments in the rollicking "Jolly Boys" chorus:
"The screw driver is mightier than the sword, hey, Dink?" called the irrepressible Roy, as Dinky hurried away into the darkness.
I'm breaking into what John Norton would call my irrepressible levity.
He abounded in pretexts; he even sometimes brought contributions; he was persistent and penetrating, he was known as the irrepressible Tarrant.
Sayonara Zetsubo-Sensei character Kafuka Fuura has been called her irrepressible optimism.
One recalls the irrepressible Hyman Kaplan, who explained to his night-school class that the "R.S.V.P." he'd tacked onto his composition meant "Reply, vill you plizz?"