Irk Definition

irked, irks
irked, irks
To annoy, disgust, irritate, tire out, etc.
Webster's New World
To be irritating, wearisome, or vexing to.
American Heritage
The definition of irk is to annoy.
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 Irk

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English irken to weary possibly from Old Norse yrkja to work, make verses, harangue werg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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