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
The one thing that still irks me is that, despite all my lecturing about
  anthropocentrism, it's inescapable.
What really irks me the false dichotomy: top journals vs junk journals, as if
  there is nothing in between.
Catalans are getting a taste for outlawing whatever irks them.
Still, the breakdown of the traditional order irks the former crime boss.
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