irk·​some | \ ˈərk-səm How to pronounce irksome (audio) \

Definition of irksome

: tending to irk : tedious an irksome task

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Other Words from irksome

irksomely adverb
irksomeness noun

Examples of irksome in a Sentence

the irksome task of cleaning up the irksome habit of leaving all the kitchen cabinet doors open
Recent Examples on the Web Tens of millions of Americans make up this irksome constituency. Arkansas Online, 23 June 2021 Avoiding a whole category of people, rather than irksome individuals, does not make the excuse any less rude. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 While social services and civic institutions had to close and work remotely, the police became the visible face of irksome restrictions imposed, including curfews, bans on alcohol sales and fines to the transgressors. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 10 May 2021 One of the more irksome results of quantum mechanics is the revelation that reality is largely a persistent illusion. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 6 May 2021 Arlo's advanced camera can distinguish people from animals, cars, and other moving objects, to keep irksome false notifications to minimum. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 3 May 2021 In recent weeks, the news from the U.S. side has been somewhat irksome. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 His lazy, nasally clue reading was irksome and interrupted the flow of the game play. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2021 Perhaps just as irksome to Abbott, D’Andrea said on the Bank of America Securities call that the governor didn’t intend to name replacements for Walker and Botkin until after the legislative session ends on May 31. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of irksome

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Irksome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of irksome

: annoying or irritating


irk·​some | \ ˈərk-səm How to pronounce irksome (audio) \

Kids Definition of irksome

: causing annoyance an irksome habit

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