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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 irk·some /ˈɝksəm/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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) 2.0

      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]