- 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.
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
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.