an·​noy·​ing | \ ə-ˈnȯi-iŋ How to pronounce annoying (audio) \

Definition of annoying

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

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Other Words from annoying

annoyingly \ ə-​ˈnȯi-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce annoying (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Her husband always chimes in on our conversations, and this is very annoying! Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Living with a relapsing alcoholic puts household’s health at risk," 6 Jan. 2021 Pretty annoying to have to keep picking up and putting down the Apple Pencil, right? Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "iOS 14 Is Apple's Most Android-Like Update Yet," 22 June 2020 The show’s freest and most prolific stylist is also, for me, the most annoying: El Lissitzky. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "What Are Artists For?," 21 Dec. 2020 Everyone has pet peeves, this sound is a great way to air those grievances without having to confront the person that's really annoying you. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Top 20 Biggest TikTok Trends of 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 All of this might have been merely annoying, except that Schmidt had once been friendly with Fitzpatrick. New York Times, "He Wanted to Count Every Vote in Philadelphia. His Party Had Other Ideas.," 16 Dec. 2020 But for those with longer hair, stuffing your long locks into a hat can be annoying at minimum and cause a headache at the worst. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "Gifts for runners braving the cold," 5 Dec. 2020 Characters who have less noticeably exciting traits are forgotten at best or, at worst, dismissed as annoying, holier-than-thou prudes, or cowards. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Three Cheers for the Quiet Ones," 28 Nov. 2020 Is there anything more annoying than arriving at the store or your exercise class and realizing you’ve forgotten your mask? Nicole Anzia, Washington Post, "The pandemic isn’t going anywhere. Here’s how to organize your masks and other supplies.," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Annoying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for annoying


an·​noy·​ing | \ ə-ˈnȯi-iŋ How to pronounce annoying (audio) \

Kids Definition of annoying

: causing slight anger an annoying habit

Other Words from annoying

annoyingly adverb She's annoyingly loud.

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