Origin of irkMiddle English irken, to loathe, be weary of, akin to northern and northern Midland adjective irk, yrk, weary, troubled from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old Norse yrkja, to work
- An example of to irk is for a mosquito to buzz in your ear in an irritating way.
- An example of to irk is for someone’s personality to bother you.
transitive verbirked, irk·ing, irks
Origin of irkMiddle English irken to weary possibly from Old Norse yrkja to work, make verses, harangue ; see werg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present irks, present participle irking, simple past and past participle irked)
From Middle English irken (“to tire, grow weary”), from Old Norse yrkja (“to work”), from Proto-Germanic *wurkijaną (“to work”), from Proto-Indo-European *werǵ- (“to work”). Cognate with Icelandic yrkja (“to compose”), Swedish yrka (“to urge, argue”), Old English wyrcan, wyrċean (“to work”). More at work.
- Over the long run, Gemini's penchant for surface-layer conversation may irk Sagittarius.
- The wicked side of her wanted to push in a few books next time he left, just to irk him.
- He then tried to gain possession of Aleppo, as the key to Irk, but this was prevented by the intervention of the Byzantines.
- Hausen in 1840 through his initiative; he executed comprehensive magnetic surveys 1849-1858; announced the magnetic decennial period irk 1850, and his discovery of earth-currents in 1862.
- The statement of Herodotus is illustrated both by Attic vase-paintings and also by the series of archaic female statues from the Acropolis of Athens, which (with the exception of one clothed in the Doric irk-Nos) wear the Ionic chiton, together with an outer garment, sometimes laid over both shoulders like a cloak (Greek Art,, fig.