an·​noy·​ing | \-iŋ \

Definition of annoying 

: causing vexation or irritation : causing annoyance : irritating an annoying habit annoying questions

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Other Words from annoying

annoyingly \ -​iŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of annoying in a Sentence

my partner has the annoying habit of eating all the pickles and leaving a jar full of pickle juice in the refrigerator

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Growing up in a little suburb in Pennsylvania, when my time outside was primarily the brief sprint from building to car or vice versa, this was a livable, if annoying, condition. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "Buying Heating Pads in Bulk Is My Secret Weapon for Helping My Hands Survive Frigid Winters," 29 Oct. 2018 Even when annoying, the narration sounds great, thanks to the murmury musicality of Salles’s Portuguese. Mark Feeney,, "Looking back on the upheaval of the ’60s," 15 May 2018 Both experiences are normal and both can be resolved within a few months (Kegels are annoying, but effective!). 5. Lisa Fogarty, Redbook, "8 Somewhat Alarming Ways Sex Changes After Giving Birth," 3 Mar. 2017 That means that a bad user experience for video—riddled with annoying, glitchy, or just plain obtrusive ads—is a bad user experience for the Internet, full stop. Ralf Jacob, Fortune, "AI Is About to Make Video Ads a Lot Less Annoying," 26 June 2018 In just two seasons in the N.H.L., Matt Tkachuk, the Calgary Flames’ left winger, has earned a reputation as one of the league’s most skilled, and most annoying, agitators. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "N.H.L. Is Expected to Bring Another Tkachuk Into the Fold," 21 June 2018 Then there was his defense: annoying, ever-present, utilizing his deceptive strength and leverage. Chris Ballard,, "Draymond Before Draymond: The Complicated Legacy of Dennis Rodman," 6 June 2018 The seemingly never-ending rain has been annoying and disruptive, cancelling a multitude of outdoor events. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Waves of rain to continue drenching D.C. area into Saturday as Potomac River floods," 18 May 2018 Their parents should teach them better, but hormonal boys daring one another to scream vulgarities and speed by are more annoying than dangerous. Jeneé Osterheldt, kansascity, "Prejudice isn't just wrong, it kills," 18 Feb. 2014

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First Known Use of annoying

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for annoying

see annoy

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an·​noy·​ing | \ə-ˈnȯi-iŋ \

Kids Definition of annoying

: causing slight anger an annoying habit

Other Words from annoying

annoyingly adverb She's annoyingly loud.

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