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annoy

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verb an·noy \ə-ˈnȯi\

Simple Definition of annoy

  • : to cause (someone) to feel slightly angry

Full Definition of annoy

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to disturb or irritate especially by repeated acts

  3. 2 :  to harass especially by quick brief attacks

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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>.

synonyms see in addition worry



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