What does the word irascible mean?

Usage examples for irascible

  1. Bismarck was stern, irascible, uncontrolled, titanic, and his whole career was one long and hard struggle against bitter enemies. – German Problems and Personalities by Charles Sarolea
  2. " I think I have heard Polly speak of you," I rejoined, in an attempt to be civil, for I didn'tlike his face any better than I did his voice,- a red, fiery, irascible kind of face. – Backlog Studies by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 23, 2009
  3. Mrs. Shelley describes him as a " man of stern and irascible character," but he was also lovable and affectionate. – Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle by H. N. Brailsford