an·​noy·​ance ə-ˈnȯi-ən(t)s How to pronounce annoyance (audio)
: the act of annoying someone or of being annoyed
: the state or feeling of being annoyed : vexation
She couldn't hide her annoyance.
: a source of vexation or irritation : nuisance
The delay was a minor annoyance.

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 The researchers have since conducted experiments in which participants evaluate different sounds and melodies for annoyance, detectability and recognizability. Rachel Berkowitz, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2024 When to get a flight attendant involved Those non-audible annoyances such as kicking the seat in front of them, excessively pressing the call button, climbing over and under the seats, and disobeying the seatbelt sign? Bobby Laurie, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 May 2023 The German chancellor appealed to Wilson in a series of open letters, and the U.S. president, somewhat to the annoyance of the European Allies, took on the role of arbiter between the warring sides. Margaret MacMillan, Foreign Affairs, 8 Jan. 2019 But her annoyance over not getting credit soon dissipated. Bobby Allyn, NPR, 3 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for annoyance 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of annoyance was in the 15th century

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“Annoyance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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an·​noy·​ance ə-ˈnȯi-ən(t)s How to pronounce annoyance (audio)
: the act of annoying
: the feeling of being annoyed
: a source of annoyance : nuisance

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