I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English Date: 15th century to make weary, irritated, or bored Synonyms: see annoy II. noun Date: circa 1570 1. the fact of being annoying 2. a source of annoyance

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  • irk — irk·some; irk; irk·some·ly; irk·some·ness; …   English syllables

  • 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. [1913 Webster] To see this sight, it …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • irk — (v.) mid 15c., irken be weary of, be disgusted with; earlier intransitive, to feel weary (early 14c.). Of uncertain origin, perhaps related to O.N. yrkja work (from PIE root *werg to work; see URGE (Cf. urge) (v.)), or M.H.G. erken to disgust.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • irk — [ʉrk] vt. [ME irken, to loathe, be weary of, akin to northern & N Midland adj. irk, yrk, weary, troubled < ? ON yrkja, to WORK] to annoy, disgust, irritate, tire out, etc. SYN. ANNOY …   English World dictionary

  • irk — I verb aggravate, aggrieve, annoy, badger, chafe, discommode, discompose, distress, disturb, exasperate, exercise, harass, incommode, irritate, jade, nettle, offend, perturb, pique, plague, provoke, rile, roil, ruffle, trouble, try one s patience …   Law dictionary

  • irk — [ə:k US ə:rk] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Perhaps from Old Norse yrkja to work ] if something irks you, it makes you feel annoyed ▪ Luna never told me what irked her that Sunday morning …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • irk — [ ɜrk ] verb transitive FORMAL to annoy someone: IRRITATE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • irk — vex, *annoy, bother Analogous words: perturb, disturb, upset, *discompose: discommode, incommode, trouble, *inconvenience: fret, chafe (see ABRADE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • irk- — *irk germ.?, Substantiv: nhd. Rehleder, Bock, Gemse; ne. doeskin, buck (Neutrum); Hinweis: s. *erki ?; Etymologie: s. ing. *er (2), *eri , Substantiv, Bock, Schaf, Kuh, Pokorny 326 …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • irk — [v] aggravate; rub the wrong way abrade, annoy, bother, bug*, discommode, disturb, eat*, fret, gall, get on nerves*, get to*, give a hard time*, harass, incommode, inconvenience, irritate, make waves*, miff, nettle, peeve, provoke, put out*, rasp …   New thesaurus

  • IRK — IRK, das; = Internationales Rotes Kreuz …   Die deutsche Rechtschreibung

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