annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome: irksome restrictions.
Obsolete. causing weariness or disgust.
- irk·some·ly, adverb
- irk·some·ness, noun
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How to use irksome in a sentence
I generally prefer synthetic leather ear cup padding, as it’s less scratchy, but the fabric doesn’t only start to feel irksome when you’re sitting in a hot room, which is better than most.SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless gaming headset review: The Whole 9 Yards | Mike Epstein | November 18, 2021 | Popular-Science
The idea that planets have to clear their orbits is particularly irksome, he says.The definition of planet is still a sore point – especially among Pluto fans | Lisa Grossman | August 24, 2021 | Science News
That irksome window you can’t open because it has a ripped screen.How to tackle the home maintenance to-do list you ignored during the pandemic | Jura Koncius | June 24, 2021 | Washington Post
However, there’s a difference between constructive complaining and irksome needling.
As a male human resources leader, I find this statement irksome.The need for “women supporting women” shows the problem with the “boys’ club” in Indian offices | Vikas Bansal | March 8, 2021 | Quartz
Her borderline apologetic view is, frankly, a bit irksome, though not wholly unexpected based on Transmormon.Thank God! To the Church, This Transgender Woman Is Just a Skank | Emily Shire | October 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But there is actually something more irksome than exploiting cancer for profits.The Misogynistic Companies Jumping On The Breast Cancer Bandwagon | Emily Shire | October 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For more than decade, flying has been made irksome rather than pleasurable by an ever-increasing fortress culture at airports.Twin Disasters Turn 2014 Into the Year of Flying Dangerously | Clive Irving | July 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For most New Yorkers, there are few things as irksome as strangers accosting you on the street.How ‘Billy on the Street’ Host Billy Eichner Hit the Mainstream | Kevin Fallon | February 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even more irksome than the aphorisms is the obviousness of the advice.
They had no power of attention even to a story, and the stillness was irksome to such wild colts.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
They are as impertinent as those people who stop you only to bore you; but the former are perhaps less irksome.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
There is a boundary even to human patience; and now, after many days, Max Bray began to find his position very irksome.By Birth a Lady | George Manville Fenn
Their harness is not apparently irksome to them, and is not so heavy as one sees on the Portuguese oxen, for instance.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
It then grew very irksome to him to bear his irons, and he rarely went out to walk.My Ten Years' Imprisonment | Silvio Pellico
British Dictionary definitions for irksome
causing vexation, annoyance, or boredom; troublesome or tedious
- irksomely, adverb
- irksomeness, noun
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