an·​noy | \ ə-ˈnȯi How to pronounce annoy (audio) \
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

Examples of annoy in a Sentence

deliberately annoyed the elderly neighbor by walking across his lawn
Recent Examples on the Web But while many species seem to simply annoy bats with their clicks—or use the noises as a way to make sure bats recognize them and remember how bad their ilk taste—Bertholdia trigona manages to neutralize the sounds of a bat’s echolocation. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, "Carrots were once a crucial tool in anti-Nazi propaganda," 6 May 2020 My husband of three years has a few habits that annoy and frustrate me. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: I didn’t get a stimulus check, but don’t want to say why," 17 Oct. 2020 Those celebrations seemed to annoy the opposition's bench with the match ending in unsavory scenes. Ben Church, CNN, "'The best goal I have ever seen live': Rangers striker Kemar Roofe scores miraculous effort from own half," 23 Oct. 2020 While that will lead to less waste, this shift and the price jump may annoy plenty of people. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Apple iPhone 12 Review: Superfast Speed, if You Can Find It," 20 Oct. 2020 Even on a bye week, the Detroit Lions have managed to annoy their fans. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions fans frustrated by Travis Fulgham's big day as he dominates for Eagles," 11 Oct. 2020 Two jackets that had been lying across my bed for several days were beginning to annoy me. Beverly Friend,, "Time hangs heavily | Opinion," 1 Oct. 2020 That will annoy users who envision eventually replacing the SSD. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "The Dell XPS 13 and XPS 13 2-in-1 move up to 11th-gen Tiger Lake CPUs," 28 Sep. 2020 Cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety or be likely to upset, embarrass, harass, alarm or annoy any other person. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Terms of Service," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of annoy was in the 13th century

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Annoy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of annoy

: to cause (someone) to feel slightly angry


an·​noy | \ ə-ˈnȯi How to pronounce annoy (audio) \
annoyed; annoying

Kids Definition of annoy

: to cause to feel slightly angry or irritated

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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.

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