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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness;
- Example: "a boring evening with uninteresting people"
- Example: "the deadening effect of some routine tasks"
- Example: "a dull play"
- Example: "his competent but dull performance"
- Example: "a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"
- Example: "what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke
- Example: "tedious days on the train"
- Example: "the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain
- Example: "other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"
[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; irksome tasks. [1913 Webster] For not to irksome toil, but to delight, He made us. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Weary; vexed; uneasy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Wearisome nights are appointed to me. --Job vii. 3. [1913 Webster] Pity only on fresh objects stays, But with the tedious sight of woes decays. --Dryden. -- Irk"some*ly, adv. -- Irk"some*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

irksome 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, yawny