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.

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 Sometimes, the shortages are a small time annoyance — not a major holiday supply disruption. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 19 Nov. 2021 Later, when Jay-Z’s annoyance seemed to increase, another juror waved to this woman. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, 11 Nov. 2021 For major labels and superstars — who are enjoying and hoarding the biggest bounties of the streaming era — this could be considered a big, fat annoyance at worst. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 27 Oct. 2021 But one figure loomed large over the proceedings, much to Biden’s apparent annoyance — and occasional relief. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, 16 Feb. 2021 And the wrongful arrest wasn’t just a minor annoyance for Williams. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 10 Sep. 2021 This rain in the plane isn’t just a minor annoyance. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 With more friendship, students will find greater joy and interest, which can turn misery into minor annoyance. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 26 Aug. 2021 For some, however, getting an injection is more than a simple annoyance, and a fear of needles can turn a basic doctor’s appointment into an anxiety-ridden experience. Kate Watson, Allure, 8 July 2021

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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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24 Nov 2021

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“Annoyance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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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