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



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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