Origin of irksomeMiddle English irksum: see irk and -some
An example of something irksome is a constant feeling of pinching shoes.
(comparative more irksome, superlative most irksome)
From Middle English irkesome, irksum, equivalent to irk + -some, or from Old English weorcsum (“painful, hurtful”).
- It seemed to Daniel irksome and improper to be in a room at all, but to have anything to do with a young lady seemed to him impossible.
- Many an irksome noise, go a long way off, is heard as music, a proud, sweet satire on the meanness of our lives.
- It is irksome because the process is so slow, and they cannot read what they have written or correct their mistakes.
- The guarantee which each country thus gave to the other of treatment as favourable as that given elsewhere became irksome to France, sore after her defeat in the war.
- Professing to be quite satisfied with this arrangement, he pompously announced that Egypt was no longer in Africa, but a part of Europe; but before seven months had passed he found his constitutional position intolerable, got rid of his irksome cabinet by means of a secretly-organized military riot in Cairo, and reverted to his old autocratic methods of government.