Irk"some (?), a.


Wearisome; tedious; disagreeable or troublesome by reason of long continuance or repetition; as, irksome hours; irksome tasks.

For not to irksome toil, but to delight, He made us. Milton.


Weary; vexed; uneasy.


Let us therefore learn not to be irksome when God layeth his cross upon us. Latimer.

Syn. -- Wearisome; tedious; tiresome; vexatious; burdensome. -- Irksome, Wearisome, Tedious. These epithets describe things which give pain or disgust. Irksome is applied to something which disgusts by its nature or quality; as, an irksome task. Wearisome denotes that which wearies or wears us out by severe labor; as, wearisome employment. Tedious is applied to something which tires us out by the length of time occupied in its performance; as, a tedious speech.

Wearisome nights are appointed to me. Job vii. 3.

Pity only on fresh objects stays, But with the tedious sight of woes decays. Dryden.

-- Irk"some*ly, adv. -- Irk"some*ness, n.


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