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Meaning of IRKSOME

Pronunciation:  'urksum

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; "a boring evening with uninteresting people"; "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"; "a dull play"; "his competent but dull performance"; "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"; "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke; "tedious days on the train"; "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain; "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"

IRKSOME is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, slow, tedious, tiresome, uninteresting, wearisome



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Irk"some\, a.
1. 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.

2. Weary; vexed; uneasy. [Obs.]

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

Syn: Wearisome; tedious; tiresome; vexatious; burdensome.

Usage: {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.

             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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