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

Definition of irksome

: tending to irk : tedious an irksome task

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 These cute traps are shaped like little apples — an eye-pleasing solution to get rid of irksome fruit flies buzzing around produce and trash cans. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 15 Aug. 2022 Slipknot’s association with Robinson has bolstered the irksome-if-justifiable Korn comparisons that often come their way. Matthias Clamer, SPIN, 7 Aug. 2022 The disproportionate funding coincided with waning enthusiasm for modern air travel, an experience that, by the end of the 20th century, had turned into more of an irksome chore than a luxurious jaunt. New York Times, 21 July 2022 Arlo's advanced camera can distinguish people from animals, cars and other moving objects, to keep irksome false notifications to a minimum. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 14 July 2022 Know what sets a manager off To begin with, if things or actions are particularly irksome to a boss, Chapman advises that people figure out how to avoid doing those things. Erica Lamberg, Fox News, 3 Aug. 2022 This can be quite irksome to those that side with being serious and sober about AI Ethics. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Considering the Seminoles are less than a decade removed from a national championship, the program’s recent decline has been especially irksome for its supporters. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 More irksome, however, is the brake-pedal operation. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 12 July 2022 See More

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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 29 Sep. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of irksome

: causing annoyance an irksome habit

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