annoyance

noun
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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Domestically, the pair played for great rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, with comments from Pique mocking Los Blancos' expulsion from the Copa Del Rey believed to be a source of annoyance for Arbeloa. SI.com, "From Foes to Friends: 7 Rivals Who Put Their Differences Aside," 1 Apr. 2018 Enter: Magnetic eyelashes, a way to wear falsies without literally any of the annoyance usually associated with them. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "How to Apply Magnetic Lashes," 8 Jan. 2019 Speed at every turn, easy and flexible customization of both the interface and app icons, and precious little in the way of annoyances. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus 6T review: revised formula, same results," 29 Oct. 2018 In most healthy adults, many foodborne illnesses will be uncomfortable but temporary annoyances. Korin Miller, SELF, "These Are the Foods That Cause the Most Illnesses, the CDC Says," 30 July 2018 Often, the disposals are merely minor annoyances affecting only a few blocks. Andrea Thomas, WSJ, "World War II Bomb Disposal in Berlin Forces Evacuation of Thousands," 20 Apr. 2018 These days, the Pirates are just more of an annoyance. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Phillies flattened by Ryan Flaherty | Extra Innings," 19 Apr. 2018 Yet for all of the annoyance at the apparent impertinence of my visit, I was struck by the way the identity politics raised by Hérouxville still resonate. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Don’t Burn Women: Warning to Immigrants Looms Over a Quebec Village," 12 Apr. 2018 And since some of those folks might be happy to be alone, sharing their every move might be more of an annoyance than a socialization opportunity. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Fribo Is a New Robot That Reminds Loners to Call Their Friends," 5 Apr. 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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annoyance

noun

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

annoyance

noun
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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