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tr.v. irked, irk·ing, irks
To be irritating, wearisome, or vexing to. See Synonyms at annoy.
[Middle English irken, to weary, possibly from Old Norse yrkja, to work, make verses, harangue; see werg- in Indo-European roots.]
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(tr) to irritate, vex, or annoy
[C13 irken to grow weary; probably related to Old Norse yrkja to work]
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to irritate, annoy, or exasperate.
[1300–50; Middle English: to grow tired, tire < Old Norse yrkja to work, c. Old English wyrcan]
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irk- Originally meant "grow tired"; a possible source is Old Norse yrkja, "work."
See also related terms for tired.
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Past participle: irked
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|Verb||1.||irk - irritate or vex; "It galls me that we lost the suit"|
anger - make angry; "The news angered him"
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verb irritate, annoy, aggravate (informal), provoke, bug (informal), put out (informal), gall, ruffle, nettle, vex, rile, peeve (informal), get on your nerves (informal), nark (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang), miff (informal), be on your back (slang), piss you off (taboo slang), get in your hair (informal), rub you up the wrong way (informal), put your nose out of joint (informal), get your back up, put your back up The rehearsal process irked him increasingly.
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irk[ˈɜːrk] vt → agacer
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irk[ɜːk] vt → seccare
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