verb (used with object)
to irritate, annoy, or exasperate: It irked him to wait in line.

1300–50; Middle English irken to grow tired, tire < Old Norse yrkja to work, cognate with Old English wyrcan; see work

chafe, fret, bother; tire. Unabridged
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irk (ɜːk)
(tr) to irritate, vex, or annoy
[C13 irken to grow weary; probably related to Old Norse yrkja to work]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., irken "be weary of, be disgusted with;" earlier intrans., "to feel weary" (early 14c.). Of uncertain origin, perhaps related to O.N. yrkja "work" (from PIE base *werg- "to work;" see urge (v.)), or M.H.G. 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. Modern adjective irksome "bothersome, burdensome" is recorded from 1510s.
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Example sentences
Some neighborhoods worry about abandoned cars, others get irked by empty lots.
Anyway, exporters often say that they are irked as much by the instability of the pound against the euro as by its level.
The over-exuberance of some marketers has also irked regulators.
Apple's lack of transparency seemed to be what irked developers most.
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