As adjectives the difference between irksome and burdensome
is that irksome
is disagreeable or troublesome by reason of long continuance or repetition; bothersome; annoying; irritating; wearisome; tedious while burdensome
is of or like a burden; arduous or demanding.
Disagreeable or troublesome by reason of long continuance or repetition; bothersome; annoying; irritating; wearisome; tedious.
- He has this irksome habit of racing up to red lights, so he has to brake heavily.
Of or like a burden; arduous or demanding
* 1748 , , Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of morals , London: Oxford University Press (1973 ed.), § 6:
- . . . reap a pleasure from what, to the generality of mankind, may seem burdensome and laborious.
* (of or like a burden) arduous, demanding, exacting, onerous, taxing