annoy

verb
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

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Authorities also ruled against residents of a village in the French Alps who complained in 2017 about annoying cow bells, and an effort last year to push out cicadas from a southern town to protect tourists from their summer song also failed. NBC News, "'I've gotta crow': Maurice the French rooster wins courtroom cock fight," 5 Sep. 2019 Boxers often get annoyed when fans beg them to stop. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, "Manny Pacquiao Might Be Making a Terrible Mistake," 18 July 2019 State party insiders are annoyed with Hickenlooper — some openly pushing him to run for the U.S. Senate instead. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "John Hickenlooper’s presidential campaign is on pundits’ death watch," 1 Aug. 2019 He was annoyed that Cummings stood alongside Democratic leaders discussing the possibility of impeachment following testimony by the former special counsel. Author: Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "How Trump seized on a Fox News broadcast to go after Cummings," 30 July 2019 He’d been annoyed by unwanted touching at parties in the past, but found this variant—rooted in a specific place and set of people—charming. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 But the experience rankled him—he was particularly annoyed by how Medvedev reacted to the Arab Spring protests in 2011. Mikhail Zygar, Time, "Putin Believes He's Destined to Make Russia Great Again. And He's Just Getting Started," 19 Mar. 2018 The technique for compliance as outlined in the bill, however, seems to be to annoy consumers into abandoning their social accounts altogether. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Proposed US law would ban infinite scroll, autoplaying video," 30 July 2019 What’s the best way to annoy someone into turning email tracking off? Verge Staff, The Verge, "Everything you need to know about the invisible e-mail tool that tracks you," 3 July 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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More Definitions for annoy

annoy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of annoy

: to cause (someone) to feel slightly angry

annoy

verb
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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