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

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.

Examples of annoy in a Sentence

deliberately annoyed the elderly neighbor by walking across his lawn

Recent Examples on the Web

Many in the tech and info-sec community are annoyed at YouTube for a new policy that appears to be barring legitimate ethical hacking videos. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "In Apple We Trust—Cyber Saturday," 13 July 2019 He also was annoyed by his little sister, Erica, who is an icon. Abbey Maxbauer,, "The Stranger Things Season 3 Cast Brings A Few New Characters To Hawkins," 30 June 2019 But while many fans were annoyed with Netflix, others were frustrated that the conversation was overshadowing other important aspects of the rerelease. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s re-translation of Neon Genesis Evangelion is drawing backlash for queer erasure," 24 June 2019 Without their buy-in, the platform could prove tangential to solving the city’s annoying snarl-ups. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Uber thinks its data can solve Nairobi’s epic traffic jams," 19 June 2019 Not Impressed’ Meme The Olympics aren’t the Olympics without a meme of a female athlete looking annoyed at her results. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Juiciest Drama in Figure-Skating History," 8 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, Gera's cooler-than-thou older sister Rita (Ximena Romo), understandably an object of desire for Carlos, is annoying her teachers by reading Patti Smith poems aloud in class by day and screaming out protest songs in a punk band at night. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter, "'This Is Not Berlin' ('Esto no es Berlin'): Film Review," 29 June 2019 Her mother annoys her, alternately too eager to marry her off and too desperately clingy. Carolyn Kellogg,, "Rediscovering Clarice Lispector, the Brazilian author who blurs the lines of dreams," 13 June 2019 This usually annoys me, but there’s one exception: messages from x-ray astronomers. National Geographic, "Dear Chandra: How x-rays became the bright spot in my sky," 5 June 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of annoy

: to cause (someone) to feel slightly angry


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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