verb \ˈərk\

: to bother or annoy (someone)

Full Definition of IRK

transitive verb
:  to make weary, irritated, or bored

Examples of IRK

  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>.



Definition of IRK

:  the fact of being annoying
:  a source of annoyance

Examples of IRK

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

First Known Use of IRK

circa 1570
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verb \ˈərk\

Definition of IRK for Kids

:  annoy <That noise irks me.>


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