from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In an irksome manner; tediously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an irksome, vexatious, wearisome, or tedious manner.


irksome +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)


  • She's almost irksomely cute, first of all, with a raspy little voice and a Bettie Page hairdo.

    Una LaMarche: Meet The Project Runway Season 8 Contestants

  • But that\'s just what France\'s irksomely hyperkinetic president, Nicholas Sarkozy, was doing in this weekend\'s summer heat.

    Eric Margolis: Italy's Lover-in-Chief

  • But that's just what France's irksomely hyperkinetic president, Nicholas Sarkozy, was doing in this weekend's summer heat.

    Eric Margolis: Italy's Lover-in-Chief

  • One only attempt seemed in her power for an honourable asylum, and that was more irksomely painful to her than seeking shelter in the meanest retreat: it was applying to Mr Delvile senior.


  • At a personal level, the defection of Quentin Davies to Labour on Tuesday was a Conservative gain: Mr Davies has long been a troublesome and tiresome Tory, and his new Labour handlers will find him irksomely high maintenance.

    Enter the clunking fist

  • This irksomely catchy faux folk song, together with Fess Parker's earnest portrayal of the frontier hero for Disney, cemented an image of Daniel Boone in the minds of two or three generations of Americans.

    At Home in Paradise

  • At what a tearing pace he had driven up that road, through the yellow evening sunlight, the shadows flapping irksomely into his eyes as each wayside object rushed past between him and the west!

    Wessex Tales

  • Their timing as they threaded looms and initiated stroke against the tide was irksomely flawless.


  • I find England irksomely restful and law-abiding after the Continent, but

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • How irksomely slow the days pass until the score reaches his winning-line of normal! and in time he sees how easily it might have been otherwise.

    Impressions of a War Correspondent


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