annoy

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verb an·noy \ə-ˈnȯi\

Definition of annoy

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to disturb or irritate especially by repeated acts annoyed the neighbors with their loud arguments

  3. 2 :  to harass especially by quick brief attacks

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to cause annoyance

annoyer

noun

Examples of annoy in a sentence

  1. deliberately annoyed the elderly neighbor by walking across his lawn

Origin and Etymology of annoy

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


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of annoy

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


ANNOY Defined for English Language Learners

annoy

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verb an·noy \ə-ˈnȯi\

Definition of annoy for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to feel slightly angry


ANNOY Defined for Kids

annoy

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verb an·noy \ə-ˈnȯi\

Definition of annoy for Students

annoyed

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annoying

  1. :  to cause to feel slightly angry or irritated



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