Definition of irksome in English:

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irksome

Pronunciation: /ˈərksəm/

adjective

Irritating; annoying.
Example sentences
  • ‘That's so kind of you, sweetheart,’ he takes the tub with an irritatingly irksome smile on his face.
  • In conclusion I have to say it is quite tiresome and irksome to respond to some ancient email which has been dredged up and thrown back at me.
  • This has the effect of reducing the slightly irksome similarity - in mood, key, pace, instrumentation - of many of the songs on offer.
Synonyms
irritating, annoying, vexing, vexatious, galling, exasperating, disagreeable;
tiresome, wearisome, tedious, trying, troublesome, bothersome, nettlesome, obnoxious, awkward, difficult, boring, uninteresting;
informal infernal

Derivatives

irksomely

adverb
Example sentences
  • In a couple of pieces of miscasting, Aaron Alexander plays Tybalt in such an irksomely casual manner as to make the character wholly unremarkable.
  • It's little surprise she's sold 25m records worldwide: her songwriting is consistently brilliant and her voice almost irksomely angelic.
  • But the artists and musicians, poets and students and philosophers of the old town proved irksomely irrepressible.

irksomeness

Pronunciation: /ˈərksəmnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • Anyone who has ever served on a workplace health & safety committee knows that there are other ways to measure the worth of a rule than by its irksomeness to an employer.
  • I wish every permissible measure to be taken that can relieve your internment of its irksomeness.
  • In this intervention, the computer or therapist asks the client to brainstorm a list of problems, and then rank them in terms of intractability and irksomeness.
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