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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Apple killed the home button entirely with its full-screen iPhone X, opting for face-scanning sensors that some (including yours truly) find fail just enough to be annoying. Geoffrey Fowler,, "Future Phones: They Fold Like Napkins, Have 9 Cameras, Charge Over Thin Air," 6 July 2018 Continually calling me for donations to a hospital, policeman’s ball or other charity is annoying. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Tired of giving?," 17 June 2018 Which is annoying, both because the movie is not actually all that shocking, and because my worry and sight-unseen revulsion is exactly what von Trier wants. Richard Lawson, HWD, "The Empty Provocation of Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built," 15 May 2018 This isn't rocket science Likethumb_up Replyreply Linklink Copy Reportflag a turbid ebb and flow 27 minutes ago Some of these comments are really annoying. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "‘They want to kill me’: American in Venezuela prison riot pleads for help in video," 17 May 2018 By placing interior controls on touch screens rather than tactile knobs and switches, carmakers have made vehicles much more annoying and dangerous to interact with. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air.," 27 June 2018 After Thursday's update, Chrome will begin blocking irksome ads, especially those that research has shown to be the most annoying to users. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Google Really Up To?," 14 Feb. 2018 Of the five-thousand-odd species of stinkbug in the world, the brown marmorated kind is the most destructive, the most annoying, and possibly the ugliest. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, "When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home," 8 Aug. 2011 That annoying, sleepless night led Agarwal to wonder just how the droplets produce that particular sound. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Physics Behind a Leaky Faucet’s Maddening ‘Plink’," 25 June 2018

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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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