from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In an irritable manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an irritable manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an irritable manner; so as to cause or manifest irritation.

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

  • adv. in a petulant manner
  • adv. in an irritable manner


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

irritable +‎ -ly


  • The book, she said irritably, is going well, all things considered.: p


  • I heard James call irritably after him, but Ben did not tarry.

    The Secret of the Sealed Room

  • “Cut,” Brock called irritably, preferring to retake the scene as he had notes anyway.

    Star Struck

  • Fitting the wire cage over the opening was manageable even in the dimness the guard wanted, but when Matteo began to guide the assembly onto flat ground he had to call irritably for more light.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • "Oh don't mind me!" the Fat Lady called irritably after them.

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • From beyond the files, somewhere near his desk, the voice of Ludmilla Kropetskanoya called irritably, "Comrade Pon, where are you?"

    A Fine Red Rain

  • Swinging his sword irritably, annoyed at the interruption, Caramon swept the creature's head off and was on his way before the body hit the stone floor.

    Dragons of Spring Dawning

  • Before a word more could pass between them, Hardyman's voice was audible on the other side of the shrubbery, calling irritably to his servant to find Lady Lydiard.

    My Lady's Money

  • “See, this is why I tried to pick up the slack for you last week,” Holly had said irritably.

    A Light at Winter’s End

  • Harmless old buffers tackle uncomplicated cold cases while swatting irritably at the vagaries of modern life with their orthopaedic truncheons.

    Top Gear, New Tricks, Lewis … the television shows that won't die


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.