1. [syn: boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Irksome \Irk"some\, a.
1. Wearisome; tedious; disagreeable or troublesome by reason
of long continuance or repetition; as, irksome hours;
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.
Pity only on fresh objects stays,
But with the tedious sight of woes decays.
-- Irk"some*ly, adv. -- Irk"some*ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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,
irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
61 Moby Thesaurus words for "irksome":
aggravating, annoying, backbreaking, besetting, boresome, boring,
bothering, bothersome, burdensome, chafing, crushing, disturbing,
drudging, dull, exasperating, exhausting, fagging, fatiguing,
galling, grueling, harassing, heavy, hefty, importunate, importune,
irking, irritating, nettling, onerous, oppressive, painful, pesky,
pestering, pestiferous, pestilent, pestilential, plaguesome,
plaguey, plaguing, provoking, stupefyingly boring, stupid,
stuporific, teasing, tedious, tiresome, tiring, tormenting,
troublesome, troubling, trying, uninteresting, vexatious, vexing,
weariful, wearing, wearisome, wearying, worrisome, worrying,