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
These comments irked Barton, who has now transitioned into the world of punditry working for the likes of talkSPORT, and took to his Twitter account to give his opinion on the matter.
The refusal to go there reeks of snobbery — the same kind of attitude that irks Boise State when dealing with Pac-12 schools, many of whom have little interest in playing games in Boise.
Jones quickly turned Ivanka’s words into a campaign ad, which irked President Trump, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Trump’s stalled attempts to renegotiate NAFTA have irked neighbors Canada and Mexico, while his announcement of America’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord has left the world looking to China for leadership on this and other issues.
The 24-year-old catalyst of the Giants' offense said there are still some movements that irk his ankle.
Their tweets often irk me, sometimes upset me, and occasionally infuriate me.
Except Gillespie wasn’t there, irking some Trump supporters who say the Republican has been too standoffish toward the president.
Nothing irks me more than to see the pull-out spice cabinet or wine unit next to the stove.
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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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