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
The release of some detainees has also been cheered on social media, irking others.
The kids were irked at first, but quickly got over it.
The Department of Justice recently sued to block AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, a development that shocked the media industry and seemingly surprised/irked Thomson.
The move enraged environmental groups and irked Democrats, who were hoping to tank the candidate’s confirmation to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety and pollution prevention office.
The deal -- and the prospect of more like it -- has irked some of the same conservatives who have championed Trump’s push to remove special corporate loopholes in an overhaul of the federal tax code being debated by Congress.
Investment banks were reportedly irked about the competition.
One Southwest traveler who didn't pay for early boarding was so irked by seat saving by those who did brought up the topic in a meeting with her life coach in New York City.
Mayfield said before that early season showdown that the Buckeyes had irked him by celebrating on the Sooners' field in 2016.
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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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