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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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Examples from the web for irksome
  • There are only a few irksome group dynamics that cannot be easily escaped.
  • Yet traders are intelligent and inventive, and quickly find ways to evade many of the more irksome controls placed on them.
  • First pancakes are irksome because they are recurring flops.
  • As irksome as the sale itself was the manner of its disclosure.
  • irksome physicists pointed out that the process the chemists described violated several laws of nature.
  • After that, a dose of euro-zone discipline might not seem too irksome.
  • Similarly, the use of undefined pronouns is irksome when they refer to an earlier message.
  • With those new drains loomed the probability of irksome seepage.
  • These newest players were as irksome as the others, and plainly naïve.
  • For their sanity, for their confidence and for halting an irksome losing streak.
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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