- to irritate, annoy, or exasperate: It irked him to wait in line.
Origin of irk
Synonyms for irk
Related Words for irkingannoy, disturb, peeve, bother, inconvenience, irritate, rile, vex, gall, provoke, ruffle, miff, bug, nettle, harass, incommode, abrade, rasp, discommode, trouble
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Historical Examples of irking
- (tr) to irritate, vex, or annoy
Word Origin for irk
Word Origin and History for irking
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.