Definition of irk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

irk

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɜːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they irk
BrE BrE//ɜːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrk//
 
he / she / it irks
BrE BrE//ɜːks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrks//
 
past simple irked
BrE BrE//ɜːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrkt//
 
past participle irked
BrE BrE//ɜːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɜːrkt//
 
-ing form irking
BrE BrE//ˈɜːkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɜːrkɪŋ//
 
 
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irk somebody (to do something) | it irks somebody that… (formal or literary) to annoy or irritate somebody Her flippant tone irked him. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘be annoyed or disgusted’): perhaps from Old Norse yrkja ‘to work’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: irk