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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The increased traffic noise has irked many residents.
▪ And that irks them even more.
▪ He was irked, I could tell.
▪ In a move that particularly irked Hartlepool supporters, Little also bought Andy Toman.
▪ In a way, this irked him and always had done.
▪ It irks me that the Five-Hundred-Mile-Race grandstands are basically inaccessible-a group of us are working diligently to correct that.
▪ This reversal of roles, she had sensed, would irk him.
▪ Yes, the softness I am looking at somehow irks me.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Irk \Irk\ ([~e]rk), v. t. [OE. irken to tire, become tired; cf. Sw. yrka to urge, enforce, press, or G. ekel disgust, MHG. erklich disgusting; perh. akin to L. urgere to urge, E. urge.] To weary; to give pain; to annoy.

To see this sight, it irks my very soul.

It irketh him to be here.
--M. Arnold.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., irken "be weary of, be disgusted with;" earlier intransitive, "to feel weary" (early 14c.). Of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Old Norse yrkja "work" (from PIE root *werg- "to work;" see organ), or Middle High German erken "to disgust." Modern sense of "annoy" is from late 15c. An adjective, irk "weary, tired" is attested from c.1300 in northern and midlands writing.


vb. (context transitive English) to irritate; annoy; bother


v. irritate or vex; "It galls me that we lost the suit" [syn: gall]

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Irk (disambiguation)

Irk may refer to:

  • River Irk, a river in northwest England
  • Kirksville Regional Airport, Kirksville, Missouri, United States
  • Inward-rectifier potassium ion channel, a class of protein
  • Iraqw language, a Cushitic language spoken in Tanzania
  • Irk, the fictional homeworld of main character Zim in the animated TV series Invader Zim
  • Islamic Republic of Kamistan, a fictional country in season 8 of the TV series 24

Usage examples of "irk".

Now this cheaping irked Ralph sorely, as was like to be, whereas, as hath been told, he came from a land where were no thralls, none but vavassors and good yeomen: yet he abode till all was done, hansel paid, and the thralls led off by their new masters.

Seregil frowned down at the two of them, irked to think that Alec would be too bashful to take advantage of a proper bed.

Perhaps Renz was irked because he lost his gun to Alker in the hectic struggle in which The Shadow had participated.

Sherry when sojourning there could not but appeal to a young lady who had been irked all her own short life by shibboleths and restrictions.

But the Rumanes across the Pruth were few compared with the four millions across the Carpathians, and the hardships they shared with the Russians at the hands of the Tsardom irked them less than those injuries which the Magyars knew so well how to inflict on subject nationalities under the cloak of equal rights and liberties.

What slightly irked me was his continued lack of curiosity I began to see that Cynthia, who had so sumptuously demonstrated her indifference to Wiggy and to myself, had passed on this virus to her husband, whose closed and secret nature would already have prepared the ground.

I come thereabout I shall presently find some castle or good town, and it is like that either I shall have some tidings of the folk thereof, or else they will compel me to do something, and that will irk me less than doing deeds of mine own will.

This dabbling with the intricate trivia of human society irked him, and the demon bubbling below the surface was never far away, rising to taunt him.

It still irked Vimes that the little training school in the old lemonade factory was turning out so many coppers who quit the city the moment their probation was up.

Rumor had it that if the middies were sufficiently irked, even the shorts were dispensed with.

Though he was conservative by nature, sometimes the snaillike caution of those occupying the highest Church positions irked him intolerably.

There had been the most delightful lot of bluebells, and-- he knew where some still lingered like little patches of sky fallen irk between the trees, away out of the sun.

Highsmith and Davis were so irked on top of being drunk that they hollered at Lewis through the window they would be back to settle their account first thing next morning.

He sounded more irked than conciliatory, making her feel guilty again, like she was a nag.

The responsibility for their future, he admitted, was his but the fact irked him greatly.