an·noy | \ə-ˈnȯi \
annoyed; annoying; annoys

Definition of annoy 

transitive verb

1 : to disturb or irritate especially by repeated acts annoyed the neighbors with their loud arguments

2 : to harass especially by quick brief attacks

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Other Words from annoy

annoyer noun

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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

annoy, pester, and tease mean to disturb and upset a person. annoy is used for bothering someone to the point of anger. I am annoyed by your bad behavior. pester is used for bothering someone over and over. Stop pestering me for more money. tease often is used for continually tormenting someone until that person is provoked or upset. They teased the child to the point of tears.

Examples of annoy in a Sentence

deliberately annoyed the elderly neighbor by walking across his lawn

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Las Blaugrana respect the striker's choice, but are annoyed at their own players in the aftermath of it., "Barca Chief Admits Gerard Pique Involvement in Griezmann 'Decision' Video Has Caused 'Bad Feeling'," 20 June 2018 The Democratic base had long been annoyed by having to accommodate Rust Belt and Appalachian voters, particularly on culture and environmental issues. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems didn't learn the lesson from West Virginia," 2 May 2018 But if almost anybody else were to contact me that much, I’d probably be annoyed. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "How to Fall in Love Over Text," 27 Mar. 2018 Mayor Michael Bloomberg was annoyed that the electric clock behind his desk ran 15 seconds behind his computer clock. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Clock Master Keeps New York City Ticking," 20 Mar. 2018 But he was annoyed by media coverage of his 2017 graduation speech at Notre Dame that played up the protests. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Vice President Mike Pence: 'Empty suit' or Trump's biggest asset? 7 books let you decide," 8 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, Chelsea is annoyed that the women left are all so different, as if humans have only one type of person they're attracted to in this world. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "'The Bachelor' Season 22 Episode 6 Recap: The Season's First Two-on-One Date Ends in a Surprise," 5 Feb. 2018 So while it may be perceived as childish or immature (and annoy everyone else in line at the coffee shop), baby talk is actually the mark of a healthy and strong partnership. NBC News, "Baby talk: It may be annoying, but it's a sign of a strong relationship," 10 June 2018 Which annoyed the Lakers legend, who apparently just wanted to also enjoy this great moment in LeBron James Basketball History. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "Kobe Bryant would like fans to stop arguing and appreciate LeBron James," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of annoy

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for annoy

Middle English anoien, from Anglo-French anuier, ennoier, from Late Latin inodiare to make loathsome, from Latin in + odium hatred — more at odium

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English Language Learners Definition of annoy

: to cause (someone) to feel slightly angry


an·noy | \ə-ˈnȯi \
annoyed; annoying

Kids Definition of annoy

: to cause to feel slightly angry or irritated

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