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 Direct your effort into problem-solving if annoyance starts to grow., "Horoscope," 6 July 2020 In the grand scheme of things, the reason sports shuttered -- COVID-19 and its nearly 130,000 deaths nationwide – makes their absence, at most, a trivial annoyance. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Major sports are finally coming back to Indiana: 'It gives people some hope'," 10 Mar. 2020 Most people would be annoyed by an obnoxious new addition to the family, but annoyance isn’t usually grounds for estrangement. Lori Gottlieb, The Atlantic, "Dear Therapist: I Can’t Stand My Dad’s New Wife," 29 June 2020 Seyfried gets good mileage out of limited material, especially in moments of annoyance. cleveland, "‘You Should Have Left’ is too familiar to frighten (review)," 19 June 2020 Members of council’s Public Safety Committee also expressed annoyance over Police Chief Calvin Williams saying a review of his department’s performance was still not complete 16 days after the unrest, Robert Higgs reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "U.S. Supreme Court decision protects LGBTQ workers – but Ohio advocates say more work is needed: The Wake Up for Tuesday, June 16, 2020," 16 June 2020 That tone of annoyance is heard far beyond the activists. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, "As the coronavirus deficit soars into the trillions, a tax plan targeting the likes of Amazon and Apple gains steam," 15 June 2020 Much to the annoyance of my then-husband, who wasn’t a fan of my friendship with Lisa and her girlfriend. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "How Two Friends Raised Their Daughters ‘Like Sisters’," 12 June 2020 As robocalls became a pressing issue for consumers, both as an annoyance and as a vehicle for fraud, the FCC has pushed carriers to do more to stop them. Tali Arbel, Anchorage Daily News, "Feds seek $225M fine for pair who made a billion robocalls," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of annoyance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Annoyance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 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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