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

One Mastercard program particularly irks privacy advocates. Anchorage Daily News, "The spy in your wallet: Credit cards have a privacy problem," 2 Sep. 2019 This isn’t the first time Trump has irked big business with regulatory cuts that industry leaders did not want. Justin Worland, Time, "Why President Trump Cut a Methane Regulation That Even Big Oil Companies Wanted to Keep," 29 Aug. 2019 Jodi, though not especially territorial, is irked by Trey’s presumption. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Idina Menzel lights up the sexy-neurotic comedy ‘Skintight’ at the Geffen Playhouse," 13 Sep. 2019 The North is irked by joint U.S.-South Korea military drills, although these are largely computer simulations. David Meyer, Fortune, "The Weirdness of WeWork’s IPO Filing: CEO Daily," 16 Aug. 2019 But the unspoken expectation of doing the cleanup, too, is confusing me and is kind of irking. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Hostesses seem angry when I won’t help clean up," 2 Aug. 2019 Some Gator fans were irked Meyer left the UF in rough shape after resigning due to health issues only to resurface soon afterward with the Buckeyes. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Urban Meyer wears Gators shirt to UF opener against Miami Hurricanes," 24 Aug. 2019 Opponents worry that if the bill passes, anyone who irks Beijing could be targeted and potentially sent to the mainland, including dissidents. Laignee Barron / Hong Kong, Time, "Why Hong Kong Protesters Aren't Calling It Quits After the Suspension of a Controversial Extradition Bill," 19 June 2019 Landsman and Driehaus are irked that the report isn't out yet. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Frustrated by months of silence, leaders to hold meeting on Winton Terrace air quality," 12 Dec. 2018

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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