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
Recent Examples on the Web Jen is not happy when Meredith texts her to bail on the slumber party, but her annoyance is very clearly rooted in something deeper. Jodi Walker,, "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City recap: Grandmother knows best," 20 Nov. 2020 Mike DeWine’s dire news regarding a potential shutdown of their industry with a range of emotions: Frustration, annoyance and reluctant acceptance. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Cleveland-area restaurant owners express frustration, anxiety, anger over Gov. Mike DeWine’s shutdown threat," 12 Nov. 2020 Try not to ask too many questions or use too much logic, because these techniques will add to his annoyance and — boom — violence. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, "My 2-year-old hits me. How can I respond better?," 28 Oct. 2020 Instead, lay low and reach out to an ally that will understand and validate your annoyance and distract your busy mind. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for October 17, 2020," 17 Oct. 2020 Embarrassment at being called out for your scofflaw behavior, followed by annoyance or anger? Kim Campbell Thornton Andrews Mcmeel, Star Tribune, "Letting your dog off leash can unleash a host of problems," 16 Oct. 2020 That the Times and Post are endorsing Joe Biden should come as no surprise to anyone, and the endorsements are, in theory, no great crime or annoyance. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Newspaper Endorsements: A Pointless Ritual," 7 Oct. 2020 But those who spoke with The Associated Press about the actions shared a mix of skepticism and annoyance. Dallas News, "What does banning TikTok and WeChat mean for users?," 19 Sep. 2020 The nocturnal heart rate of young men can be predicted by their female partners’ daytime feelings of intimacy or annoyance. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of annoyance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Annoyance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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