irk irk  /ˈɜrk/


  • (v) irritate or vex


  1. Nothing used to irk a Chinese yuppie more than hinting that his clothes looked like they were made in China.
  2. But it's clear Obama chose a candidate that will arouse conservatives in opposition rather than one who will simply irk them, and this White House knew it.
  3. It might irk you to learn that the junior analyst in the next cube really can afford his Bora Bora honeymoonbut that's all the more ammunition to gun for a raise.


  • Edward Snowden, NSA Whistle-Blower, Wins Unusual Sympathizers in Latin America

    Ecuador is no human-rights darling. Left-wing President Rafael Correa has built a decidedly authoritarian reputation that includes a yen for prosecuting journalists who irk him. This week he won passage of a media bill that slashes the number of private outlets, greatly increases state-controlled broadcasting and makes Correa the nation’s de facto media censor.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: via Yahoo! News


  1. "Banks do have social obligations (but) I'm not sure we have enough evidence to warrant an inquiry. We've had various inquiries into the financial system," Mr Howard said. "I know from time to time banks irk people, like all big financial...
    on Nov 8, 2007 By: John Howard Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "The practice time will be good, but not getting to play again will probably irk me for five or six days," Izzo said.
    on Feb 4, 2008 By: Tom Izzo Source:

  3. "It doesn't irk me," Auriemma said. "With some people that's just their style. They're passive-aggressive. They always want to have somebody to blame for what's going on. There's a lot of things I know about a lot of people. That doesn't mean...
    on Apr 22, 2008 By: Geno Auriemma Source: Connecticut Post

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