irksome

adjective irk·some \ ˈərk-səm \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of irksome

: tending to irk : tedious
  • an irksome task

irksomely

adverb

irksomeness

noun

Examples of irksome in a Sentence

  1. the irksome task of cleaning up

  2. the irksome habit of leaving all the kitchen cabinet doors open

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First Known Use of irksome

15th century

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IRKSOME Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of irksome for English Language Learners

  • : annoying or irritating


IRKSOME Defined for Kids

irksome

adjective irk·some \ ˈərk-səm \

Definition of irksome for Students

: causing annoyance
  • an irksome habit


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