[urk-suh m]


annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome: irksome restrictions.
Obsolete. causing weariness or disgust.

Origin of irksome

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at irk, -some1
Related formsirk·some·ly, adverbirk·some·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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causing vexation, annoyance, or boredom; troublesome or tedious
Derived Formsirksomely, adverbirksomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for irksome

"bothersome, burdensome," early 15c., from irk + -some (1). Related: Irksomely; irksomeness.

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