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 With their sometimes irksome pricing and unpunctuality, airlines are rarely loved and are a source of carbon emissions to boot. The Economist, "Bello Latin America’s empty skies," 4 June 2020 Rather than clean up its act, however, the bank began seeking profits in sunnier climes, well away from public scrutiny and irksome regulations imposed in the wake of the crash. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, "The Malaysian Job," 27 Apr. 2020 But just adding more to an already decadently outfitted device doesn’t always work out, especially when those bold new additions are fraught with problems ranging from the irksome to the infuriating. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Review: The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Can't Deliver On All the Hype," 4 Mar. 2020 But some find that quality irksome, and Mr. Merkley’s border attention grab has clearly irritated at least one Republican. New York Times, "Senator Jeff Merkley, a Quiet Stalwart of the Left, Has a Breakout Moment at the Border," 22 June 2018 The more enlightened Supreme Court of the 1960s did bequeath some limited constraints on gerrymandering, still irksome to its practitioners. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Election Bias," 6 Jan. 2020 Weak investment figures are particularly irksome to economists in the Trump administration, who argued that the president’s tax reform would encourage a boom in business spending. The Economist, "America’s economy is resisting the pull of recession," 31 Oct. 2019 The pervasive presence and irksome volume of Bolt alone risks giving a distorted view of the Australian media as a bastion of arch conservative commentary. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Australian Dream': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 The birds also relieve their noble steeds of irksome biting flies and ticks that call the maritime forest home. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: There’s a Very Good Explanation for This Wild Horse-Riding Bird, Thank You Very Much," 21 Aug. 2019

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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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