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.
- He remained there ten years, but his position became irksome, and at length intolerable.
- It is in proportion as a sedentary life prevails, and agricultural exploitation is practised on a larger scale, whilst warlike habits continue to exist, that the labour of slaves is increasingly introduced to provide food for the master, and at the same time save him from irksome toil.