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

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Most professional athletes treat their media obligations as a compulsory nuisance; some convey their annoyance by being terse or snarky. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Profound Silence of Marshawn Lynch," 14 June 2019 Letters sent from prison by the former Irish mob boss, detailed his love for President Donald Trump, and annoyance at the Mueller probe. Fox News, "Whitey Bulger praised Trump in letters from prison, criticized Mueller," 9 June 2019 When President Trump’s lawyers met with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team last April to negotiate the terms of a possible interview with the president, investigators expressed some annoyance. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "The Legal Strategy That Paid Off for the President," 20 Apr. 2019 From Japan, there’s annoyance about the perception that Seoul continuously keeps alive history issues that Tokyo, which has repeatedly expressed remorse for its wartime actions, says have been settled. Washington Post, "There’s history behind worsening Seoul-Tokyo trade dispute," 20 Aug. 2019 The first is lowering pedestrian fear and annoyance of heedless scooter riders zooming by. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Scooters should slow their roll; It’s about moral — not mental — health; Leading fight for fair elections (8/14/19)," 14 Aug. 2019 In the mud together, most people were willing to laugh off annoyances and share. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Woodstock’s Contradictions, 50 Years Later," 5 Aug. 2019 As neighbours in the middle-class Mylapore district line up brightly coloured pots for the scheduled tanker to fill, there is more good humour than annoyance. The Economist, "Thirsty Indian cities have a management problem, not a water problem," 4 July 2019 These annoyances emerge in jazz, too, the Chicago Jazz Festival having been one of the most persistent offenders. Howard Reich,, "Column: Big screens and other distractions keep invading our concert spaces. Can we just focus on the music?," 26 June 2019

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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 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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