[ 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?
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
/ (ɜːk) /
(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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