- 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 amp; 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.