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[urk-suh m] /ˈɜrk səm/
annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome:
irksome restrictions.
Obsolete. causing weariness or disgust.
Origin of irksome
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see irk, -some1
Related forms
irksomely, adverb
irksomeness, noun Unabridged
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  • If Margaret was going to add coquetry to her numerous other faults, his life would be irksome enough!

    Sybil Chase Ann S. Stephens
  • But to keep his chin raised off the ground was irksome, and not much use either.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • At first the resumption of routine after years of indolence was irksome and exhausting.

    The Man Who Was Good Leonard Merrick
  • He willingly agreed to that; he saw that it helped to pass the irksome time for her.

    The Story of a Play W. D. Howells
  • The Reader will be detained a very little longer with these irksome scenes.

  • The least exertion was irksome, and attended with extreme lassitude.

  • In short, does it not appear that these conventionalities are irksome, and are disregarded when the chance presents itself?

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • The waiting for the hour of action is so irksome, that even the approach of danger is a relief.

    Dulcibel Henry Peterson
  • I am daily steadying, and shall soon find it as natural to me to be my own master as it has been irksome to have had a master.

British Dictionary definitions for irksome


causing vexation, annoyance, or boredom; troublesome or tedious
Derived Forms
irksomely, adverb
irksomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for irksome

"bothersome, burdensome," early 15c., from irk + -some (1). Related: Irksomely; irksomeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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