Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To be irritating, wearisome, or vexing to. synonym: annoy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To weary; give pain to; annoy: now chiefly used with the impersonal it.
  • To feel weary or annoyed.
  • Weary; tired.
  • noun Weariness; irksomeness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To weary; to give pain; to annoy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive to irritate; annoy; bother

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

  • verb irritate or vex

Etymologies

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

[Middle English irken, to weary, possibly from Old Norse yrkja, to work, make verses, harangue; see werg- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Middle English irken ("to tire, grow weary"), from Old Norse yrkja ("to work"), from Proto-Germanic *wurkijanan (“to work”), from Proto-Indo-European *werǵ- (“to work”). Cognate with Icelandic yrkja ("to compose"), Swedish yrka ("to urge, argue"), Old English wyrcan, wyrċean ("to work"). More at work.

Examples

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  • Some of our findings will irk the deeply religious reader, while others will disconcert the deeply secular.

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  • That someone could irk him that much made me smile.

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  • I support equal rights, but All the folks that expect for the President to have solved their particular problems in 8 months time really irk me.

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  • But that wording in the review reads as free-floating and nebulous, an undercurrent of irk that attaches to the author and the book rather than articulating itself directly at its real target: the mechanisms of commercial publishing.

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