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irk

[ urk ]
/ ɜrk /
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verb (used with object)

to irritate, annoy, or exasperate: It irked him to wait in line.

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Origin of irk

1300–50; Middle English irken to grow tired, tire <Old Norse yrkja to work, cognate with Old English wyrcan;see work
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British Dictionary definitions for irk

irk
/ (ɜːk) /

verb

(tr) to irritate, vex, or annoy

Word Origin for irk

C13 irken to grow weary; probably related to Old Norse yrkja to work
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