Examples of irk in a Sentence
Drivers were irked by the higher gasoline prices.
It irks me to have to clean up after you.
Recent Examples of irk from the Web
While there was a lot to like about the experience, there were a handful of things that irked me.
And nothing irks the spirit of the woke-ing dead like white Jesus.
Betty White's habit of talking with the live audience between takes especially irked Arthur, who preferred to stay concentrated and in character, either waiting in place or backstage.
The move enraged environmental groups and irked Democrats, who were hoping to tank the Cincinnati candidate’s confirmation to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety and pollution prevention office.
But Obama was the one who killed Constellation, and that still irks Stafford and other Apollo veterans.
While Coulter’s remarks in particular irked a number of attending students, there was neither a preemptory campaign to have her barred from speaking nor, as at Berkeley, anarchy.
But some Disney fans are irked because the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim launched a similar app in July at a cost of $10 a day.
Its potential proximity to schools irked residents, and city officials backed off the plans.
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Origin and Etymology of irk
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsaggravate, annoy, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, eat, exasperate, frost, gall, get, grate, gripe, hack (off), irritate, itch, nark [British], nettle, peeve, persecute, pique, put out, rasp, rile, ruffle, spite, vex
Related Wordshassle, heckle; nag; inflame (also enflame), provoke, rouse; badger, bait, bullyrag (also ballyrag), devil, hagride, harass, harry, pester, plague, tease; anger, antagonize, enrage, incense, infuriate, madden, rankle, roil; agitate, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, exercise, freak (out), fret, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, miff, offend, outrage
Near Antonymsappease, conciliate, mollify, oblige, pacify, placate, propitiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; assure, cheer, comfort, console, content, quiet, reassure, solace, soothe
Synonym Discussion of irk
- their constant complaining annoys us
- vexed by her son's failure to clean his room
- careless waste irks the boss
- don't bother me while I'm reading
Examples of irk in a Sentence
one of the prof's major irks is a cell phone that rings during a lecture
First Known Use of irk
Synonymsaggravation, aggro [British], bother, botheration, bugbear, exasperation, frustration, hair shirt, hassle, headache, inconvenience, annoyance, irritant, nuisance, peeve, pest, rub, ruffle, thorn, trial, vexation
Related Wordsdiscomfort, fleabite, pinprick; affront, insult, offense (or offence); upset, worry; affliction, albatross, burden, cross, curse, menace, millstone, plague, sore; anxiety, plight, predicament, tribulation, trouble; hang-up, pet peeve, problem; annoyer, disturber, harasser, mischief, offender; pandora's box
Near Antonymsdelight, joy, pleasure
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