Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Irk'
v : irritate or vex; "It galls me that we lost the suit" [syn: gall]
- Irk \Irk\, v. t. [OE. irken to tire, become tired; cf. Sw. yrka
to urge, enforce, press, or G. ekel disgust, MHG. erklich
disgusting; perh. akin to L. urgere to urge, E. urge.]
To weary; to give pain; to annoy; -- used only impersonally
To see this sight, it irks my very soul. --Shak.
It irketh him to be here. --M. Arnold.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Irk'
The River Irk is a river in Greater Manchester in North West England that flows through the northern suburbs of Manchester before merging with the River Irwell in Manchester City Centre.
Rising to the east of Royton, north of Oldham and running west past Chadderton (where it passes under the Rochdale Canal) and Middleton, its course has been extensively altered as the Industrial Revolution took its toll on the region's landscape; the Irk has been labelled 'the lost river of Manchester'.
Historically, the Irk has also been known as the Iwrck or the Irke, names thought to have been derived from the Roebuck, suggesting that the Irk was at one time a swift-running river. However, by the start of the 20th century the Irk Valley between Crumpsall and Blackley had been left a neglected river, "not only the blackest but the most sluggish of all rivers". Recently a project has been set up to rejuvenate the river and remove the pollution.[See more about Irk at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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