- Irritate; annoy: it irks her to think of the runaround she receivedMore example sentences
irritate, annoy, vex, gall, rattle, pique, rub up the wrong way, exasperate, try someone's patience, put out, displease; anger, infuriate, madden, incense, make someone's blood boil, get on someone's nerves, make angry, make cross; ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles, discountenance; antagonize, provoke, goad• informal get someone's goat, get/put someone's back up, peeve, miff, rile, aggravate, nettle, needle, get, get to, bug, hack off, get under someone's skin, get up someone's nose, put someone's nose out of joint, give someone the hump, rattle someone's cage, get someone's dander up, drive mad/crazy, drive round the twist, drive up the wall, make someone see red• vulgar slang piss offBritish • vulgar slang get on someone's tits• informal , • dated give someone the pip
- 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.
Middle English (in the sense 'be annoyed or disgusted'): perhaps from Old Norse yrkja 'to work'.