irascible

If you're irascible, you get angry easily — perhaps blowing up in rage when someone brushes into you.

Irascible comes from the Latin root ira, which means "anger" or "rage," the same root that gives us the word ire, "anger." The -sc in the middle of irascible, means "becoming," so irascible doesn't just mean you're angry — it's got action built into it. If you're looking for a fight most of the time, then you're irascible — ready for the spark that's going to set you on fire.

Definitions of irascible
1

adj quickly aroused to anger

Synonyms:
choleric, hot-tempered, hotheaded, quick-tempered, short-tempered
ill-natured
having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

adj characterized by anger

“an irascible response”
Synonyms:
choleric
angry
feeling or showing anger

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a life-long learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.