- to irritate, annoy, or exasperate: It irked him to wait in line.
Origin of irk
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Examples from the Web for irks
The president appears to have heard that argument, and it irks him.Why "You Didn't Build That" Stings the Successful
July 27, 2012
One thing that irks Thompson: Gaining access via the password-reset break-in doesn't really even qualify as hacking.Is Weiner's Excuse Credible?
June 1, 2011
It irks me to see some of the best blood in Scotland among the grooms.'Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
It irks them that humanity should wallow in its ignorance and blindness.
It irks me to confess it, but I have no more than these three florins.The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci
Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
You see, it irks me to work for another, if I am interested in a case for myself.The Deep Lake Mystery
They cannot brook monotony and it irks them to dawdle about in the anteroom of action.The Vitalized School
Francis B. Pearson
- (tr) to irritate, vex, or annoy
Word Origin and History for irks
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 urge (v.)), 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.