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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gall, irkverb

    irritate or vex

    "It galls me that we lost the suit"


  1. irkverb

    to irritate; annoy; bother

    It irks me to do all this work and have someone destroy it.

    Etymology: From irken, from yrkja, from wurkijanan, from werǵ-. Cognate with yrkja, yrka, wyrcan, wyrcean. More at work.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Irkverb

    to weary; to give pain; to annoy; -- used only impersonally at present

    Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Irk

    ėrk, v.t. to weary: to trouble: to distress (now used only impersonally).—adj. Irk′some, causing uneasiness: tedious: unpleasant.—adv. Irk′somely.—n. Irk′someness. [M. E. irken—Scand., Sw. yrka, to urge; prob. cog. with L. urgēre.]

Editors Contribution

  1. irk

    To annoy, irritate, or infuriate someone.

    "They irk me with the idea to build another bridge." "It irks me that I have to keep up with all of this information, but nobody else is doing a thing."

    Submitted by anonymous on February 10, 2021  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of irk in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of irk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • A. affront
    • B. summon
    • C. denudate
    • D. transpire

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