Etymology
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irritating (adj.)

"that causes annoyance," 1707, present-participle adjective from irritate (v.). Related: Irritatingly. Earlier adjective forms were irritative (1680s), irritatory (1650s).

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Definitions of irritating

irritating (adj.)
causing irritation or annoyance;
an irritating delay
Synonyms: annoying / bothersome / galling / nettlesome / pesky / pestering / pestiferous / plaguy / plaguey / teasing / vexatious / vexing
irritating (adj.)
(used of physical stimuli) serving to stimulate or excite;
Synonyms: irritative
irritating (adj.)
causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful";
Synonyms: painful
From wordnet.princeton.edu