irk

verb
\ ˈərk How to pronounce irk (audio) \
irked; irking; irks

Definition of irk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make weary, irritated, or bored

irk

noun

Definition of irk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the fact of being annoying
2 : a source of annoyance

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Verb

annoy, vex, irk, bother mean to upset a person's composure. annoy implies a wearing on the nerves by persistent petty unpleasantness. their constant complaining annoys us vex implies greater provocation and stronger disturbance and usually connotes anger but sometimes perplexity or anxiety. vexed by her son's failure to clean his room irk stresses difficulty in enduring and the resulting weariness or impatience of spirit. careless waste irks the boss bother suggests interference with comfort or peace of mind. don't bother me while I'm reading

Examples of irk in a Sentence

Verb

Drivers were irked by the higher gasoline prices. It irks me to have to clean up after you.

Noun

one of the prof's major irks is a cell phone that rings during a lecture
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, appears visibly irked. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Kids Aren’t Alright," 3 July 2019 There are famous players, rising figures and an unapologetic swagger that irks opponents. Steven Goff, Houston Chronicle, "The woman behind the U.S. soccer success," 23 June 2019 There are famous players, rising figures and an unapologetic swagger that irks opponents. Steven Goff, The Denver Post, "Jill Ellis quietly sits at the heart of U.S. juggernaut in FIFA Women’s World Cup," 23 June 2019 Hickenlooper has been a vocal critic of socialism on the trail, an approach that has irked some left-leaning audiences. Stephanie Ramirez, CBS News, "Hickenlooper rails against socialism in speech targeting Bernie Sanders," 13 June 2019 The estate was similarly irked by director Peter Jackson's original cinematic creations—and those films won Oscars. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Tolkien': A Life Where Fantasy Met Reality," 3 May 2019 Famous Moves From Throughout History The Move That Made History Way back in 1455, a powerful knight in Bologna, Italy, was irked by the way the bell tower of the Santa Maria Maggiore church blocked the way to the city gate. Jennifer Hattam, Discover Magazine, "How Engineers Move Massive Structures Without Breaking Them," 11 Mar. 2019 What irks me is how some folks apply this principle selectively. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: What the heck does “local control” even mean?," 6 June 2019 Some Bassnectar fans were later irked when the schedule revealed the rap acts were stacked on Friday, with new ticket options for Friday-only and two-night, Saturday-Sunday passes becoming available. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "End of the Rainbow, Sasquatch replacement festival, ‘postponed indefinitely’," 25 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From that slight irk, a fuse is now irrevocably lit. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "‘The Loudest Voice’ really sticks it to Roger Ailes, who is still dead and doesn’t care what anyone thinks," 13 June 2019 But under the direction of Susannah Martin, those devices more irk than stoke fear. Lily Janiak, SFChronicle.com, "Hitler-themed ‘In Braunau’ at SF Playhouse tortures characters and audience," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of irk

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for irk

Verb

Middle English

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The first known use of irk was in the 15th century

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irk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of irk

: to bother or annoy (someone)

irk

verb
\ ˈərk How to pronounce irk (audio) \
irked; irking

Kids Definition of irk

: annoy That noise irks me.

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