an·​noy·​ing | \ ə-ˈnȯi-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 \ ə-​ˈnȯi-​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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What kinds of Instagram quotes are the most annoying to you? Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "How to make $6,000 a day writing Instagram quotes — sort of," 15 Nov. 2018 The four-piece set from Prime Bedding features an extra-deep fitted sheet that puts your most annoying pet peeve to rest. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Raving That Prime Bedding's Deep Pocket Fitted Sheets Never Come Untucked," 2 Oct. 2018 And in her portrait Saul Bellow, forever dissatisfied, coming and going between his wife and family on the Right Bank and his writer’s studio and bachelor lifestyle on the Left, is just really annoying. Lauren Elkin, New York Times, "Eavesdropping on Beauvoir, Sartre and Their Circle of Friends," 4 May 2018 Google's Chrome browser, which is used by about 60% of desktop and mobile internet users, on Thursday began automatically blocking some of the web's most annoying ads. Hayley Tsukayama,, "Chrome ad blocker: The internet's largest ad company is now advertising's biggest traffic cop," 16 Feb. 2018 The idea of Trump having control over a nationwide wireless alert system may seem unsettling or annoying, given that most Americans think the president tweets way too much. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The new emergency alert system that lets Trump text you, explained," 3 Oct. 2018 Ok, some people find that song annoying, and Lawrence appear to have a taste for discordantly upbeat pop classics. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 The alien played by Jon Favreau is annoying, and Thandie Newton is needlessly wasted. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," 25 May 2018 Some users kill all ads via ad blockers anyway—which is why users need to be convinced that ads should just be annoying, rather than outright harmful. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Google's Chrome 71 will block 'abusive' ads that trick you into clicking them," 6 Nov. 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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