an·noy·ance | \ ə-ˈnȯi-ən(t)s \

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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One option may be to eat them... While many people view South Florida’s invasive iguana population as an annoyance at best and a pandemic at worst, Ishmeal Asson sees something else: lunch. Ellie Rushing,, "Chicken of the trees: Eating South Florida's iguanas," 29 June 2018 Through two days in changing conditions, including some unexpected rain Friday morning that proved to be more than an annoyance over seven holes in mid-round, Johnson stayed patient, calm and unflappable. Joe Juliano,, "With another great round, Dustin Johnson holds 4-shot lead at U.S. Open," 15 June 2018 Only thing to describe my annoyance: a James Harden extended eye roll. Chris Barton,, "Underrated/Overrated: 'Star Wars' fans behaving badly and Neko Case's persistent wonders," 7 June 2018 In 2013, Mortensen was ready for another session of monetizing his competitive annoyances. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "AI Chatbots Try to Schedule Meetings—Without Enraging Us," 24 May 2018 And, as always, Bob Melvin is a smart, steady leader, bringing his team along with calm and confidence despite operating without any long-term security and with the usual analytical annoyances of being the manager of the A’s. Ann Killion,, "Giants, A’s enter Bay Bridge Series on the rise," 12 July 2018 The fact that her promised Brexit white paper is not appearing until after the summit is another annoyance. The Economist, "Theresa May heads off a rebellion," 21 June 2018 Trump also expressed annoyance that Giuliani's theatrics have breathed new life into the Daniels story and extended its lifespan. Jonathan Lemire,, "As headlines swirl, Trump grows frustrated with Giuliani media blitz," 7 May 2018 Save yourself the annoyance and don't start the fad diet in the first place. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "10 Genius Hacks for Eating Healthier," 14 July 2017

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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 \

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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