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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ an irksome habit
▪ But I must confess it is by far the most irksome I have ever tried.
▪ But she had risen early and found that staying put with nothing to do was growing more and more irksome.
▪ However, the door has an irksome magical effect: a variety of a Rune of Renewal is etched into the wood.
▪ Naturally, the more mature individuals survive the effects of these irksome stumbling blocks better than the others.
▪ The mentality that produces such a procedure is not just unacceptable itself - as well as irksome to would-be candidates.
▪ The presentation is intriguing, the text mostly irksome.
▪ When the poetry hadn't come, the job too had seemed not only irksome but occasionally repellent.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Irksome \Irk"some\, a.

  1. Wearisome; tedious; disagreeable or troublesome by reason of long continuance or repetition; as, irksome hours; irksome tasks.

    For not to irksome toil, but to delight, He made us.

  2. Weary; vexed; uneasy. [Obs.]

    Let us therefore learn not to be irksome when God layeth his cross upon us.

    Syn: Wearisome; tedious; tiresome; vexatious; burdensome.

    Usage: Irksome, Wearisome, Tedious. These epithets describe things which give pain or disgust. Irksome is applied to something which disgusts by its nature or quality; as, an irksome task. Wearisome denotes that which wearies or wears us out by severe labor; as, wearisome employment. Tedious is applied to something which tires us out by the length of time occupied in its performance; as, a tedious speech.

    Wearisome nights are appointed to me.
    --Job vii.

  3. Pity only on fresh objects stays, But with the tedious sight of woes decays.
    --Dryden. -- Irk"some*ly, adv. -- Irk"some*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"bothersome, burdensome," early 15c., from irk + -some (1). Related: Irksomely; irksomeness.


a. disagreeable or troublesome by reason of long continuance or repetition; bothersome; annoying; irritating; wearisome; tedious.


adj. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; "a boring evening with uninteresting people"; "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; "a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance"; "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; "tedious days on the train"; "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome" [syn: boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome]

Usage examples of "irksome".

Captain Argot, people asked him if he did not find it irksome to have a nine-year-old underfoot, even though he was the prince.

Though TARPS technology allowed the reconnaissance aircraft to move at a reasonably high speed, Batman was cruising at nearly five hundred knots, the need to stick to a particular course was irksome to any fighter pilot.

Although your attacks have proved irksome, you cannot hope to prevail against the full armed might of the most powerful bod in the system.

Bertha Kircher, however, was nothing if not feminine and she soon found that having someone to talk to who would not talk was extremely irksome.

One, I took leave of Arabel at once and galloped north through Tilverton and Shadow Gap into Shadowdale, home to a nation of ignorant farmers and an irksome old twaddler named Elminster.

Camilla, to whom he grew daily more irksome, again preferred a short obligation to the Baronet, and blushingly asked if he would once more be her banker?

Charens became a leader of the poor, demanding reforms: such as compelling the rich to pay taxes, which irksome duty they had thitherto managed most featly to shirk.

XVIII ORDEAL Reviewing the day, as she undressed and prepared for bed, Sofia told herself she had never yet lived through one so wearing, and thought the history of its irksome hours all too legible in the lack-lustre face that looked back from the mirror when Chou Nu uncoifed her hair and brushed its burnished tresses.

He comes now to let us know that he is seeking revenge against Figaro and at the same time, as he hopes, rid himself of his old housekeeper, Marcellina, to whom he is bound by an obligation that is becoming irksome.

Instead, he was trapped in a damp, dark cavern of a church listening to some lickspit priest gabble on and on and on in irksome Latin.

The only really irksome thing about old Rich Rodney, aside from his being a clumsy meathead, was his abnormal luck.

Low took a large number of prizes, but he was not a sympathetic figure, and the list of his prizes and brutalities soon becomes irksome reading.

Ciudad Real - that forlornest of royal cities - her face wore the pettish look of one who, having passed through great events, having tasted of great passions and moved amid the machinery of life and death, finds the ordinary routine of existence intolerably irksome.

Once this irksome business with Charon was out of the way, or in some kind of a holding pattern, Richard would be on the next flight out.

Until he spoke of this, I had not resented my duties, but when he conjured these ideas I was persuaded perhaps they were at whiles a trifle irksome, and I might enjoy a brief respite, if only for a change.