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irksome


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Irksome  \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 
  --Milton. 
 
  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. 
  3. 
 
  Pity  only  on  fresh  objects  stays,  But  with  the 
  tedious  sight  of  woes  decays.  --Dryden. 
  --  {Irk"some*ly},  adv  --  {Irk"some*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  irksome 
  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"  [syn:  {boring},  {deadening},  {dull}, 
  {ho-hum},  {slow},  {tedious},  {tiresome},  {wearisome}] 




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