irksome

irksome, tiresome, wearisome, tedious, boring mean burdensome because tiring or boring or both.
A person or thing is irksome that inspires distaste, reluctance, or impatience because of its demand for effort not made easy by interest
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the difficulty of grasping abstract statements made learning very irksome to me— Symonds

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I did not feel any longer ... the restless and irksome desire to contrive skimpy rendezvous— Edmund Wilson

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he laid down his irksome editorial duties and spent the next fifteen years in farming—F. H. Chase

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A person or thing is tiresome that is dull and unenlivening and therefore is either intensely boring or soon productive of fatigue
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it is tiresome to be funny for a whole evening— Scott

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the second curate was Chator, who was so good as sometimes to be nearly tiresomeMackenzie

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we think of rain as tiresome and uncomfortable— Binyon

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the importunity of the little boys was tiresome when one wanted to be alone— Huxley

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A person or, especially, a thing is wearisome that exhausts one's strength or patience through long-continued or constant call for effort, exertion, or attention, or through tiresome uniformity of character
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these high wild hills and rough uneven ways draws out our miles, and makes them wearisome—Shak.

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the same wearisome round of stereotyped habits— Wilde

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the acquisition of exact knowledge is apt to be wearisome, but it is essential to every kind of excellence— Russell

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A person or thing is tedious that is tiresomely monotonous, slow, or prolix
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life is as tedious as a twice told tale vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man— Shak.

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they had no longer any surprises for me ... I knew pretty well what they would say; even their love affairs had a tedious banality— Maugham

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A person or thing is boring that causes boredom; the term is perhaps the most positive of the group since it implies an active depressing, wearying, or annoying
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the story is badly cluttered by unnecessary and boring wordiness— New Yorker

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he's so boring .... I hate boring people. I'm out for a good time— Lowry

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Analogous words: dull, *stupid, slow: fatiguing, exhausting, fagging, tiring (see TIRE vb)
Antonyms: absorbing, engrossing

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  • Irksome — Irk some, a. 1. Wearisome; tedious; disagreeable or troublesome by reason of long continuance or repetition; as, irksome hours; irksome tasks. [1913 Webster] For not to irksome toil, but to delight, He made us. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Weary;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • irksome — I adjective annoying, boresome, boring, bothersome, distressing, gravis, irritating, jejune, molestus, odiosus, tiresome, tiring, troublesome, weariful, wearing, wearisome, wearying II index i …   Law dictionary

  • irksome — bothersome, burdensome, early 15c., from IRK (Cf. irk) + SOME (Cf. some). Related: Irksomely; irksomeness …   Etymology dictionary

  • irksome — [adj] annoying aggravating, boring, bothersome, burdensome, irritating, tedious, tiresome, troublesome, troubling, vexing; concept 529 …   New thesaurus

  • irksome — [ʉrk′səm] adj. [ME irksum: see IRK & SOME1] that tends to irk; tiresome or annoying irksomely adv. irksomeness n …   English World dictionary

  • irksome — adj. (formal) irksome to + inf. (it is irksome to listen to his constant complaints) * * * [ ɜːks(ə)m] (formal) irksome to + inf. (it is irksome to listen to his constant complaints) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • irksome — [[t]ɜ͟ː(r)ksəm[/t]] ADJ GRADED If something is irksome, it irritates or annoys you. [FORMAL] ...the irksome regulations. Syn: infuriating …   English dictionary

  • irksome — adjective Date: 15th century tending to irk ; tedious < an irksome task > • irksomely adverb • irksomeness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • irksome — irksomely, adv. irksomeness, n. /errk seuhm/, adj. 1. annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome: irksome restrictions. 2. Obs. causing weariness or disgust. [1400 50; late ME; see IRK, SOME1] * * * …   Universalium

  • irksome — adjective /ˈɚksəm/ Disagreeable or troublesome by reason of long continuance or repetition; bothersome; annoying; irritating; wearisome; tedious. He has this irksome habit of racing up to red lights, so he has to brake heavily. See …   Wiktionary

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