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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, Milton.
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. -- 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, Dryden.
But with the tedious sight of woes decays.
-- Irk"some*ly, adv. -- Irk"some*ness, n.