Meaning of iracund in English:


Pronunciation /ˈʌɪrəkʌnd/


  • Having a tendency to be easily angered; irascible.

    ‘He had heard of Mr. Pullwool as the leader of said ring; and being an iracund man, he was ready to knock his head off.’
    • ‘We didn't get our $3 bus fare refunded, and put up with an iracund taxi driver who had been ticketed earlier in the day.’
    • ‘My iracund heart had already acquired a propensity for aggravating its own fault lines—acquired it in my infancy, and developed it like a minor league prospect.’
    • ‘They were a strong-boned, iracund herdsman-and-fisher people.’
    • ‘High above the rest rose the guttural sounds of the iracund forester.’
    irritable, quick-tempered, short-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, hot-tempered, thin-skinned, snappy, snappish, tetchy, testy, touchy, edgy, crabby, waspish, dyspeptic


Early 19th century from Latin iracundus, from ira ‘anger’.