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1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
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
Dictionary Results for irksome:
1. WordNet® 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]

2. 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.
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            For not to irksome toil, but to delight,
            He made us.                           --Milton.
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   2. Weary; vexed; uneasy. [Obs.]
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            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.
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                Wearisome nights are appointed to me. --Job vii.
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                Pity only on fresh objects stays,
                But with the tedious sight of woes decays.
          -- Irk"some*ly, adv. -- Irk"some*ness, n.
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