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irk

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Pronunciation: /əːk
 
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Definition of irk in English:

verb

[with object]
Irritate; annoy: it irks her to think of the runaround she received
More example sentences
  • It's the third essay which is particularly irking me, and which has provoked this writing.
  • It is a significant Scottish story, yet it irks Miller that the London financial media display scant interest in its continued success, simply because it is a private firm.
  • What irked me originally, and irks me now, is that two newspapers (at least) should have printed what was clearly an overly rosy version of the facts.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'be annoyed or disgusted'): perhaps from Old Norse yrkja 'to work'.

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  • Work irks many people, and may be related to irk, which possibly derives from Old Norse yrkja ‘to work, take effect upon’. Its earliest sense in English was ‘to be annoyed or disgusted’.

Words that rhyme with irk

berk, berserk, Burke, cirque, dirk, Dunkirk, erk, jerk, kirk, lurk, mirk, murk, outwork, perk, quirk, shirk, smirk, stirk, Turk, work

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