- [verb] cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
Synonyms: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil
- [verb] excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame; "Aspirin irritates my stomach"
- [verb] excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus; "irritate the glands of a leaf"
get, get under one's skin
eat into, fret, rankle, grate
harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke
chafe, gall, fret
rub, scratch, itch