irksome

adjective
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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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 These rules give the police an excuse to arrest irksome journalists and hand censors the authority to ban and seize offending material. The Economist, "Malaysia’s government should scrap repressive laws while it still can," 20 July 2019 At the Senate Republicans' weekly lunch Tuesday, Trump's tweets came up and some lawmakers were finding the situation irksome, participants said. Alan Fram, Fortune, "These Are the 4 Republicans Who Voted to Condemn Trump’s Tweets," 17 July 2019 Gladwell comes alive when tackling societal injustices that are particularly irksome to him: One of his best episodes begins as a diatribe against golf but evolves into a gripping investigation into how the wealthy evade tax law. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Best History Podcasts to Listen to Right Now," 31 July 2019 At the Senate Republicans' weekly lunch Tuesday, Trump's tweets came up and some lawmakers were finding the situation irksome, participants said. Alan Fram, Fortune, "These Are the 4 Republicans Who Voted to Condemn Trump’s Tweets," 17 July 2019 At the Senate Republicans' weekly lunch Tuesday, Trump's tweets came up and some lawmakers were finding the situation irksome, participants said. Alan Fram And Darlene Superville, Houston Chronicle, "House condemns Trump 'racist' tweets in extraordinary rebuke," 16 July 2019 At the Senate Republicans' weekly lunch Tuesday, Trump's tweets came up and some lawmakers were finding the situation irksome, participants said. Dallas News, "Texas GOP Rep. Will Hurd joins Democrats in vote to condemn Trump's tweets as racist," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of irksome

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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irksome

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of irksome

: annoying or irritating

irksome

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

Kids Definition of irksome

: causing annoyance an irksome habit

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