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 for irksome
From 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.
                                                    3.
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                  Pity only on fresh objects stays,
                  But with the tedious sight of woes decays.
                                                    --Dryden.
            -- Irk"some*ly, adv. -- Irk"some*ness, n.
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From 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]

From 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
  
  

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