- Irritate; annoy: it irks her to think of the runaround she receivedMore example sentences
irritate, annoy, gall, pique, nettle, exasperate, try someone's patience; anger, infuriate, madden, incense, get on someone's nerves; antagonize, provoke• informal get someone's dander up, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles riserub the wrong way, get (someone's goat), get/put someone's back up, make someone's blood boil, peeve, miff, frost, rile, aggravate, needle, get to, bug, drive mad/crazy, tee off, tick off, piss off, PO, rankle, ride, drive up the wall, make someone see red
- 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'.