annoy

verb
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

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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There's simply no time to be passive aggressive toward your annoying brother-in-law from Texas when there's a screaming child in the house. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Story About Baby Archie Fixing the Royal 'Feud' Is Cracking Me Up," 15 May 2019 On one of these cups, Cupid tugs the male centaur’s hair to annoy him. Melik Kaylan, WSJ, "‘Devotion and Decadence: The Berthouville Treasure and Roman Luxury From the Bibliothèque Nationale de France’ Review: Shining Silver From an Untarnished Trove," 31 Oct. 2018 But what annoys me is the stories men are telling themselves about their own behavior. Moira Donegan, The Cut, "In Conversation With Mary Beard," 7 June 2018 If their fighting words annoy you the next day, give yourself some breathing room instead of approaching them again so soon. Caitlin Moscatello, Woman's Day, "10 Things You Should Never Do After a Fight With Your Partner," 20 Feb. 2019 Then there’s Gretchen (the inimitable Toni Collette), another major player who ditches her curator role for a new position as art advisor, seemingly for the sheer pleasure of annoying her former colleagues. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw Shouldn't Work—But It (Mostly) Does," 3 Feb. 2019 That has proved to be annoying in my home because the location of my thermostat is in an upstairs hallway that’s visible from downstairs. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat has more beauty than brains," 29 Aug. 2018 People who yell at you to get off your phone and live in the moment are annoying. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Not a cellphone in sight," 9 Nov. 2018 Calling your representatives on the phone is annoying. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Stripping U.S. Citizens of Their Passports Is a Precursor to Genocide," 7 Sep. 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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More Definitions for annoy

annoy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of annoy

: to cause (someone) to feel slightly angry

annoy

verb
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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