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irk

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verb \ˈərk\

Simple Definition of irk

  • : to bother or annoy (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of irk

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make weary, irritated, or bored

Examples of irk in a sentence

  1. Drivers were irked by the higher gasoline prices.

  2. It irks me to have to clean up after you.



Origin of irk

Middle English


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of irk

annoy, vex, irk, bother mean to upset a person's composure. annoy implies a wearing on the nerves by persistent petty unpleasantness <their constant complaining annoys us>. vex implies greater provocation and stronger disturbance and usually connotes anger but sometimes perplexity or anxiety <vexed by her son's failure to clean his room>. irk stresses difficulty in enduring and the resulting weariness or impatience of spirit <careless waste irks the boss>. bother suggests interference with comfort or peace of mind <don't bother me while I'm reading>.

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irk

noun

Definition of irk

  1. 1 :  the fact of being annoying

  2. 2 :  a source of annoyance



Examples of irk in a sentence

  1. <one of the prof's major irks is a cell phone that rings during a lecture>



Circa 1570

First Known Use of irk

circa 1570


IRK Defined for Kids

irk

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verb \ˈərk\

Definition of irk for Students

irkedirking

  1. :  annoy <That noise irks me.>





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