irk

irk (v.) mid-15c., irken "be weary of, be disgusted with;" earlier intransitive, "to feel weary" (early 14c.). Of uncertain origin, perhaps related to O.N. yrkja "work" (from PIE root *werg- "to work;" see URGE (Cf. urge) (v.)), or M.H.G. erken "to disgust." Modern sense of "annoy" is from late 15c. An adjective, irk "weary, tired" is attested from c.1300 in northern and midlands writing.

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  • irk — irk·some; irk; irk·some·ly; irk·some·ness; …   English syllables

  • Irk — ([ e]rk), v. t. [OE. irken to tire, become tired; cf. Sw. yrka to urge, enforce, press, or G. ekel disgust, MHG. erklich disgusting; perh. akin to L. urgere to urge, E. urge.] To weary; to give pain; to annoy. [1913 Webster] To see this sight, it …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • irk — [ʉrk] vt. [ME irken, to loathe, be weary of, akin to northern & N Midland adj. irk, yrk, weary, troubled < ? ON yrkja, to WORK] to annoy, disgust, irritate, tire out, etc. SYN. ANNOY …   English World dictionary

  • irk — I verb aggravate, aggrieve, annoy, badger, chafe, discommode, discompose, distress, disturb, exasperate, exercise, harass, incommode, irritate, jade, nettle, offend, perturb, pique, plague, provoke, rile, roil, ruffle, trouble, try one s patience …   Law dictionary

  • irk — [ə:k US ə:rk] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Perhaps from Old Norse yrkja to work ] if something irks you, it makes you feel annoyed ▪ Luna never told me what irked her that Sunday morning …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • irk — [ ɜrk ] verb transitive FORMAL to annoy someone: IRRITATE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • irk — vex, *annoy, bother Analogous words: perturb, disturb, upset, *discompose: discommode, incommode, trouble, *inconvenience: fret, chafe (see ABRADE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • irk- — *irk germ.?, Substantiv: nhd. Rehleder, Bock, Gemse; ne. doeskin, buck (Neutrum); Hinweis: s. *erki ?; Etymologie: s. ing. *er (2), *eri , Substantiv, Bock, Schaf, Kuh, Pokorny 326 …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • irk — [v] aggravate; rub the wrong way abrade, annoy, bother, bug*, discommode, disturb, eat*, fret, gall, get on nerves*, get to*, give a hard time*, harass, incommode, inconvenience, irritate, make waves*, miff, nettle, peeve, provoke, put out*, rasp …   New thesaurus

  • IRK — IRK, das; = Internationales Rotes Kreuz …   Die deutsche Rechtschreibung

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