annoy

verb
an·​noy | \ ə-ˈnȯi \
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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Funny Captions Found the person who annoys me the least and called it love. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "30+ Valentine's Day Captions for Instagram That Are Cute Without Being Cheesy," 11 Jan. 2019 In all instances, hair left my body, and I was annoyed by the unspecialness of the task. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 Zog just wants his kingdom to be rich and prestigious—and beheads or enslaves anyone who annoys him along the way. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Disenchantment review: Groening’s new Netflix toon is off to a bloody good start," 7 Aug. 2018 Along with moving to a new house in Windsor with Prince Harry, welcoming her first baby in the spring, and fending off annoying rumors in the press, the Duchess of Sussex has four official new royal patronages to add to her workload. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Royal Patronages Have Been Announced, and Two Come From the Queen Herself," 10 Jan. 2019 Anyone else get annoyed when airport personnel cut the line at security? The Heat Index, azcentral, "EX-NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino roasted on Twitter over airport worker Tweet," 13 July 2018 This typically abates after a few months but may be annoying in the meantime. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Stop Your Period With Birth Control," 16 Jan. 2019 The steering correction element is annoying for someone who really knows how to drive... Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Great Drives: Speeding Through the French Countryside in the Audi A8," 25 Sep. 2018 Anzelone was arraigned Wednesday in Milford District Court on charges of open and gross lewdness; lewd, wanton, and lascivious conduct; indecent exposure; and accosting or annoying another person, authorities said. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Milford teacher, 40, allegedly exposed himself to teen Walmart worker in store bathroom," 24 May 2018

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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 \
annoyed; annoying

Kids Definition of annoy

: to cause to feel slightly angry or irritated

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