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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But the play’s vitality springs from the affection and annoyance, the laughter and anxiety, the tenacity and growing sense of defeat of family members who, no matter what is thrown their way, will always be lovingly and exasperatingly connected. Charles Mcnulty,, "'The Humans' at the Ahmanson: Quite possibly the best cast of actors you can see anywhere," 21 June 2018 Queues caused by checks, which are a minor annoyance between the United States and Canada, or Norway and Sweden, could lead to massive tailbacks and lockdown in the time-sensitive space of Ro-Ro. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 Consumers have certain annoyances, concerns, and unease, but still consider technology products to have an overall positive effect on their lives. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "The Partisan Divide Around Censorship in Social Media," 28 June 2018 Presumably the usual annoyances with these things (i.e. blackouts for local teams) also apply here. Chris Welch, The Verge, "NBA testing 99-cent stream that lets you watch the final quarter of a live game," 24 Mar. 2018 The Trump administration wants to spare its business buddies the annoyance of customers revealing unfair, unethical and unscrupulous practices. David Lazarus,, "Trump's consumer agency chief looks to shut down database of consumer complaints," 8 June 2018 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

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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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