irksome

[ urk-suh m ]
/ ˈɜrk səm /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. irishwoman,
  2. iritic,
  3. iritis,
  4. iritomy,
  5. irk,
  6. irksomely,
  7. irkutsk,
  8. irl,
  9. irm,
  10. irma

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

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British Dictionary definitions for irksome

irksome

/ (ˈɜːksəm) /

adjective

causing vexation, annoyance, or boredom; troublesome or tedious
Derived Formsirksomely, adverbirksomeness, noun

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Word Origin and History for irksome

irksome

adj.

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

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