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[urk] /ɜrk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to irritate, annoy, or exasperate:
It irked him to wait in line.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English irken to grow tired, tire < Old Norse yrkja to work, cognate with Old English wyrcan; see work
Synonyms
chafe, fret, bother; tire.
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  • At that time, it really used to irk the old-school editors.
  • The slightest whimsical observation might irk or anger her.
  • It does irk me that some of you say he is stealing, when clearly he isn't.
  • Even when the people in them irk us, our social networks affect our quality of life.
British Dictionary definitions for irk

irk

/ɜːk/
verb
1.
(transitive) to irritate, vex, or annoy
Word Origin
C13 irken to grow weary; probably related to Old Norse yrkja to work
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Word Origin and History for irk
v.

mid-15c., irken "be weary of, be disgusted with;" earlier intransitive, "to feel weary" (early 14c.). Of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Old Norse yrkja "work" (from PIE root *werg- "to work;" see urge (v.)), or Middle High German erken "to disgust." Modern sense of "annoy" is from late 15c. An adjective, irk "weary, tired" is attested from c.1300 in northern and midlands writing.

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