irk·​some | \ˈərk-səm \

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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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 So that presents a particularly irksome version of a problem familiar to vaccine makers: the cold chain. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Wild Logistical Ride of the Ebola Vaccine's High-Tech Thermos," 29 May 2018 The DoJ is both comprehensively Trumpified and deeply irksome to Mr Trump. The Economist, "Donald Trump wants tough justice—with one exception," 17 May 2018 Left unresolved, such tensions can spiral into ugly feuds that are far more oppressive than any irksome sound. Steven P. Dinkin,, "A nice new neighbor with a big booming voice," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of irksome

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of irksome was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of irksome

: annoying or irritating


irk·​some | \ˈərk-səm \

Kids Definition of irksome

: causing annoyance an irksome habit

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a knickknack or trinket

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