an·​noy | \ ə-ˈnȯi How to pronounce annoy (audio) \
annoyed; annoying; annoys

Definition of annoy

transitive verb

1 : to disturb or irritate especially by repeated acts annoyed the neighbors with their loud arguments
2 : to harass especially by quick brief attacks

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Other Words from annoy

annoyer noun

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annoy, vex, irk, bother mean to upset a person's composure. annoy implies a wearing on the nerves by persistent petty unpleasantness. their constant complaining annoys us vex implies greater provocation and stronger disturbance and usually connotes anger but sometimes perplexity or anxiety. vexed by her son's failure to clean his room irk stresses difficulty in enduring and the resulting weariness or impatience of spirit. careless waste irks the boss bother suggests interference with comfort or peace of mind. don't bother me while I'm reading

synonyms see in addition worry

Examples of annoy in a Sentence

deliberately annoyed the elderly neighbor by walking across his lawn
Recent Examples on the Web To annoy everyone behind you by meandering down the sidewalk while checking your phone. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 But the good doctor isn't repeating this advice just to annoy you. Sonya Collins, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 And there are new ways for users to misbehave or annoy others on Discord, like spamming loud and inappropriate audio. Brianna Dym, The Conversation, 15 Mar. 2022 His intent was to annoy and harass until his demands were met, charging documents state. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Mar. 2022 Which explains a lot about why teenagers who twirl their hair or squirm in their seats at the movies annoy the rest of us. Alison Escalante, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 When Dickinson swished a free throw-line jumper with 2:29 remaining in the half — an unusual shot type from an unusual location for the team's leading scorer — Michigan climbed in front, 32-31, to annoy the largely pro-Volunteers crowd. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 20 Mar. 2022 Last season, Rutgers used trickery on special teams to annoy and frustrate, if not exactly threaten, the Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 3 Oct. 2021 Audiences seek controversy not just to open their minds, not just to annoy their betters, but because to hear impertinent, unapproved talk feels like freedom. WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of annoy

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for annoy

Middle English anoien, from Anglo-French anuier, ennoier, from Late Latin inodiare to make loathsome, from Latin in + odium hatred — more at odium

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27 May 2022

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“Annoy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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an·​noy | \ ə-ˈnȯi How to pronounce annoy (audio) \
annoyed; annoying

Kids Definition of annoy

: to cause to feel slightly angry or irritated

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annoy, pester, and tease mean to disturb and upset a person. annoy is used for bothering someone to the point of anger. I am annoyed by your bad behavior. pester is used for bothering someone over and over. Stop pestering me for more money. tease often is used for continually tormenting someone until that person is provoked or upset. They teased the child to the point of tears.

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