Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing annoyance, weariness, or vexation; tedious: irksome restrictions. See Synonyms at boring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Disagreeable or troublesome by reason of long continuance or repetition; bothersome; annoying; irritating; wearisome; tedious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wearisome; tedious; disagreeable or troublesome by reason of long continuance or repetition
  • adj. Weary; vexed; uneasy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wearisome; tedious; burdensome; vexatious; causing annoyance or discomfort, especially by long continuance or frequent repetition.
  • Weary; uneasy.
  • Synonyms Wearisome, Tedious, etc. See wearisome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness

Etymologies

From Middle English irkesome, irksum, equivalent to irk +‎ -some, or from Old English weorcsum ("painful, hurtful"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Avey and Wojcicki played up the recreational aspects of 23andMe testing—broccoli taste, fast twitch muscles, and earwax consistency—because they appealed to so many people, but they found the tag irksome.

    The $1,000 Genome

  • When Kelsch sees "irksome" open-door retailers, she goes inside and tells owners and consumers about the wasted energy.

    Energy-conscious riled by stores that leave doors open and A/C on

  • One tic of blogs, the MSM and commenters I find kind of irksome is the habit of thinking that "public statements" = "action" and "action" = "public statements."

    Obama: Disappointed And Frustrated Over Collapse Of Auto-Bailout

  • The word "issue" -- the Darfur issue, the Iraq issue, the homelessness issue -- is kind of irksome, but it hints at a vital fact: As Americans of a certain economic status and social class, our "issues" are other people's lives.

    Brian Palmer: We Can Help Burma

  • Despite its enduring popularity, he has always refused to reminisce about The Likely Lads and says he finds the continuing public fascination with the series 'irksome'.

    Home | Mail Online

  • Antitrust suits as a means of enforcing the law, Roosevelt declared, were "irksome" and prolonged affairs.

    LewRockwell.com

  • Second, the 'irksome' five-star in the corner of the regional flag is soon to be a thing of the past.

    American Chronicle

  • In fact, theories are already rife regarding the relationship between Obama's choices and the support he received from the pro-Israeli lobby in Washington during the campaign, despite his 'irksome' middle name and his unsettling 'ties' to world-renowned Palestinian intellectuals Edward Said and Rashid Khalidi.

    Palestine Chronicle - Headlines

  • a kind of irksome ballast which holds down to earth a soul eager to rise aloft.

    Laughter : an Essay on the Meaning of the Comic

  • ~ Brian Palmer: We Can Help Burma -- "The word "issue" - the Darfur issue, the Iraq issue, the homelessness issue - is kind of irksome, but it hints at a vital fact: As Americans of a certain economic status and social class, our "issues" are other people's lives.

    Speedlinking 10/8/07

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