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

That irked the airline, Mr. Kirana said in the interview. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing Faces Escalating Feud With Lion Air Over Plane Crash," 19 Dec. 2018 The strategy irked league officials, though, and a sizable chunk of the team’s long-suffering fans. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "The Story of the Wife Who Defended Her Husband in a Way That Left Him Unemployed," 7 June 2018 While fans are irked at the incongruity of Ms. Williams’s ranking given her ability, to do otherwise would have created just as much turmoil. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Serena Williams’s Return at French Open Puts WTA Rankings in Spotlight," 1 June 2018 But when orders started going unfulfilled with no explanation, members became irked. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "How Carola Jain, a Well-Connected New York Investor, Got Duped Into Funding the Fyre Festival," 26 Jan. 2019 WSU’s defensive backs seemed irked by the number of pass-interference and defensive-holding calls that came their way. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "WSU coach Mike Leach is a longtime admirer of Kyle Whittingham, Utah’s coach," 25 Sep. 2018 The big telecom firms are irked at being saddled with a regulation that doesn’t apply to their main broadband competitors, cable firms. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Sonic is a small ISP that competes brilliantly with the big guys — so they're trying to throttle its business," 5 July 2018 She is irked that national Democrats and progressives — including Senator Bernie Sanders, the former presidential candidate — have thrown their weight behind Mr. Bryce. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, "Can Paul Ryan Be Defeated? Maybe Not, but His Race Is ‘a Circus’," 4 Apr. 2018 The only thing that might irk her just a little bit are the skeptics who won't even give her a chance to prove them wrong. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'Mama Medium' Jennie Marie Doesn't Care If You Think She's Fake," 3 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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