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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First Known Use of annoyance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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