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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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How to use irk in a sentence

  • Can the U.S. reassert its role in Asia without irking Beijing?

    Taming the Dragon|Melinda Liu|October 12, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • His heart leaped at the notion of getting away from Ponkwasset; he perceived how it had been irking him to stay.

    April Hopes|William Dean Howells
  • "I have no desire or intention of irking you up, sir," he said.

    Frank Merriwell's Backers|Burt L. Standish

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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