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

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Plenty of renowned artists have accumulated lesser catalogues of music than Sting’s while committing worse sins than being found vaguely irksome by a segment of the public. D.b., The Economist, "With “My Songs” Sting underlines the lasting quality of his music," 4 June 2019 Once again, however, there seemed to be a tradeoff between security and efficiency, and an irksome impossibility of having both. Quanta Magazine, "A Tricky Path to Quantum-Safe Encryption," 8 Sep. 2015 But tied to this boon is an irksome trade-off: The charitable deduction for gifts passed through wills is irrelevant for families with estates valued up to the exemption amount. Karen Hube Of Barron’s, WSJ, "How to Leave Assets — With an Immediate Tax Write-Off —," 14 Dec. 2018 Enter, bakuchiol, a plant extract that offers the same skin benefits of a retinol, without the irksome side effects. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "What Is Bakuchiol? Experts Explain the Benefits of the Natural Alternative to Retinol," 7 Sep. 2018 Within weeks, Heusermann was in solitary confinement in a notorious Moscow prison — her reward for telling Josef Stalin an irksome truth. Fox News, "How the woman who identified Hitler's dental remains ended up in prison," 16 July 2018 Even for cities that are relatively welcoming to the scooters, the companies’ tactics are irksome. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "Scooter Startups Roll Into Trouble as Cities Slow Their Expansion," 11 Aug. 2018 After Thursday's update, Chrome will begin blocking irksome ads, especially those that research has shown to be the most annoying to users. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Google Really Up To?," 14 Feb. 2018 Many weeds are irksome or obnoxious, but some are even noxious by law. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Know the proper ways to attack all of our plentiful weeds," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of irksome

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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