an·​noy·​ance | \ ə-ˈnȯi-ən(t)s How to pronounce annoyance (audio) \

Definition of annoyance

1 : the act of annoying someone or of being annoyed
2 : the state or feeling of being annoyed : vexation She couldn't hide her annoyance.
3 : a source of vexation or irritation : nuisance The delay was a minor annoyance.

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Examples of annoyance in a Sentence

She expressed annoyance at the slow service. they have an unlisted number in the hopes that it will reduce the constant annoyance by telemarketers

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Others feel that the fame has gotten to his head, rendering him unable to deal with minor in-game annoyances. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "In 2018, Ninja became Twitch’s first mainstream star," 20 Dec. 2018 The sound of a CD skipping was an ever-present annoyance for a generation of music listeners, raised on Discmans and boomboxes. Robert Spuhler,, "Sylvan Esso enjoys the glow of sophomore album," 11 July 2018 So the filibuster is a momentary annoyance for the Republicans. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Chuck Schumer Is Secretly Sabotaging the Next Democratic President," 28 June 2018 The worst road trip annoyances and what to do about them ► December 2016: Noticing more potholes? USA TODAY, "Speed, not pothole, causes traffic death in Michigan, police say," 20 Feb. 2018 The Office staff congregated in annoyance, triggered by Michael Scott’s unorthodox corporate culture. Shana Gohd, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your Biggest Dislikes Could Be the Secret to Finding Love," 12 June 2017 What began as an annoyance in my childhood has become a bit of a love affair in adulthood. Kate Bigam, Country Living, "Why I'll Never Let Emails and Texts Replace Thank You Notes," 10 Nov. 2015 And spam went from being a minor little annoyance to more like 50-80 percent of email traffic. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Uber will win the scooter wars," 6 Aug. 2018 Instagram on Tuesday unveiled Checkout, a new feature that lets users make purchases inside the app without the annoyance of ever leaving Facebook's warm embrace. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Instagram's New Shopping Feature Makes it Easier Than Ever to Never Leave Facebook," 20 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of annoyance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of annoyance

: slight anger : the feeling of being annoyed
: something that causes feelings of slight anger or irritation : a source of annoyance


an·​noy·​ance | \ ə-ˈnȯi-əns How to pronounce annoyance (audio) \

Kids Definition of annoyance

1 : slight anger I sense your annoyance with me.
2 : a source or cause of slight anger This itch is an annoyance.

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