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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But the cause of greatest annoyance to Japan are rulings last autumn by South Korea’s Supreme Court against two Japanese industrial giants that conscripted Koreans during the war. The Economist, "Relations between Japan and South Korea are fraying alarmingly," 20 July 2019 Had the food been subpar, the wait would have tipped us into annoyance. Marc Bona,, "Good Company finds niche with well-made, affordable sandwiches," 20 June 2019 During the game, ESPN captured Curran leaning over Beyoncé to talk to Jay-Z, and many people interpreted the singer's facial expression as one of annoyance. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Nicole Curran, The Woman "Shaded" By Beyoncé, Defends Herself Amid Online Harassment," 7 June 2019 Trailers still autoplay, for example, which is a feature many Netflix subscribers have asked the company to remove out of general annoyance. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Netflix is testing a scroll-based Extras category for its mobile app," 5 June 2019 Fortunately, there is a world outside of China, a world in which good people still want to keep the memory of Tiananmen alive by retelling the story of what happened there, much to the Chinese government’s annoyance. Helen Raleigh, National Review, "Thirty Years after Tiananmen, China Is Still Unwilling to Tell the Truth," 4 June 2019 The co-working space removes the administrative annoyances of running an office. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, "They See It. They Like It. They Want It. They Rent It.," 8 June 2019 Now Jimmie frets over his family’s lost castle, to the annoyance of the current residents, a white baby-boomer couple, who themselves could not afford to buy it off the open market. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "“The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and the Fear of Being Erased," 7 June 2019 Enter Henderson, much to the annoyance of many Reds fans on social media., "Jordan Henderson: How the Former Scapegoat Became a Liverpool Legend," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of annoyance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of annoyance was in the 14th century

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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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to complain fretfully

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