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
Nassib's only sack came on the team's final fourth down, but that still irked him after the 20-14 loss.
Many are irked by the endless commentary about U.S. forces on Guam by cable news pundits and experts attempting to introduce U.S. viewers to the island.
Trump's criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former senator, has also irked Republicans in the chamber.
Skipper hasn’t ingratiated himself with the defensive linemen, doing things such as falling on their legs to irk them.
An inning later, righty Dellin Betances went up and in on Cabrera, irking him.
The House moved early for those irked by the secrecy and delayed disclosure surrounding donations to the William J. Clinton Foundation — which, among other things, runs the former president’s library.
Few developments in the snowballing controversy have irked Trump more than Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the investigations.
Few developments in the snowballing controversy have irked Trump more than Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the investigations.
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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
IRK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of irk for English Language Learners
: to bother or annoy (someone)
IRK Defined for Kids
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