verb \ə-ˈni\

: to cause (someone) to feel slightly angry

Full Definition of ANNOY

transitive verb
:  to disturb or irritate especially by repeated acts
:  to harass especially by quick brief attacks
intransitive verb
:  to cause annoyance
an·noy·er noun

Examples of ANNOY

  1. <deliberately annoyed the elderly neighbor by walking across his lawn>

Origin of ANNOY

Middle English anoien, from Anglo-French anuier, ennoier, from Late Latin inodiare to make loathsome, from Latin in + odium hatred — more at odium
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of ANNOY

annoy, vex, irk, bother mean to upset a person's composure. annoy implies a wearing on the nerves by persistent petty unpleasantness <their constant complaining annoys us>. vex implies greater provocation and stronger disturbance and usually connotes anger but sometimes perplexity or anxiety <vexed by her son's failure to clean his room>. irk stresses difficulty in enduring and the resulting weariness or impatience of spirit <careless waste irks the boss>. bother suggests interference with comfort or peace of mind <don't bother me while I'm reading>.


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