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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Joel’s parents (Kevin Pollak and Caroline Aaron) are enjoying life — and annoying their neighbors — at their new house in Queens. Patrick Gomez,, "Mrs. Maisel season 3 is still marvelous, but tries too hard to be an ensemble comedy: Review," 4 Dec. 2019 To reach the best likelihood for success, this argument goes, air taxis should benefit as many, and annoy as few, people as possible. Eric Adams, Wired, "Flying Car Leaders Talk Public Perception at a Secret Summit," 4 Dec. 2019 Two more employees subsequently challenged her — one even paused the film, annoying everyone in the theater. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "In His First Speech in His Own Voice, Sacha Baron Cohen Takes on Big Tech," 25 Nov. 2019 Over the course of the last century, MI5 and the FBI have embarrassed and annoyed each other — and worse —and their relationship has often been a tense one. Nigel West, Time, "MI5 and the FBI Evolved Alongside One Another, But Their Relationship Hasn’t Always Been Constructive," 22 Nov. 2019 But there's always a point at which the little fur balls can cross the line from cute to cloying, humorous to annoying, diverting to distracting. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Baby Yoda is the adorable, big-eared savior of Disney+'s 'The Mandalorian'," 22 Nov. 2019 What annoyed coach Jeff Blashill was that no one scored when the Wings started the second period with 1:26 left on a power play and leading 2-1. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "What Detroit Red Wings liked and disliked in rough loss to Ottawa Senators," 20 Nov. 2019 Beckham is not a bad guy, just an annoying one with wearing strange shoes, helmet visors and dueling with the NFL’s uniform rules. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns: Will they finally get the message that something is wrong?," 16 Nov. 2019 All laugh] What’s the worst thing someone’s done that has annoyed another member? Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Pentagon Talk 'Prism,' World Tour & The Trust That Keeps the Group Together," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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7 Dec 2019

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“Annoy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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How to pronounce annoy (audio)

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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