- to irritate, annoy, or exasperate: It irked him to wait in line.
Origin of irk
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Examples from the Web for irked
Possibly Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed Rogozin to be irked.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 22, 2014
In 2009 he published a book defaming Hitchens and Richard Dawkins because he was irked by their bellicose brand of atheism.Do We Need to Be Told How to Read?
June 6, 2013
Sure, Cruz recently irked fellow Senate Republicans by dissing them as “squishes” on gun control.Squishes, Step Aside: Ted Cruz and Chris Christie’s Old-School Manliness
May 13, 2013
The particular reform that irked Conkling was the then-novel proposal to eliminate patronage in federal civil service hiring.Let's Talk About the 'Guest Worker' Program
March 11, 2013
But some are irked by the extensive political posturing around rape, notably survivors and rape-crisis-center workers.Richard Mourdock’s Comment Furthers Use of Rape to Win Election, Advocates Charge
October 25, 2012
But he felt he had to conceal something from her, and it irked him.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
It was soon seen, too, that just as he irked her, so she disparaged him—an open road to others.On the Stairs
Henry B. Fuller
He continued pacing to and fro, irked by his predicament, frowning with thought.Counsel for the Defense
After the humiliation of what had been said it irked Tabs to have to see him pay it.The Kingdom Round the Corner
He shook himself, as though his clothes, perhaps his body even, irked him.The Bright Messenger
- (tr) to irritate, vex, or annoy
Word Origin and History for irked
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.