verb (used with object)
Origin of irk
Examples from the Web for irk
But sometimes he veers into territory that could irk staunch patriots.
The firmament possesses but one sun, and the land of Irk but one king.The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan|James Morier
But my disguise begins to irk me: who will lend me a good suit?The Plays of W. E. Henley and R. L. Stevenson|Robert Louis Stevenson
More to her spouse she is dear and less she's irk to her parents.The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus|Caius Valerius Catullus
Word Origin for irk
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.