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 annoyingly (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 More offensive is the new engine's character, which emits droning and vacuum-like intake noises that would be annoying in a Chevy Malibu, let alone a $50K-plus luxury sedan. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "The New CT5 Is a Step Backwards for Cadillac," 30 Jan. 2020 Anyone who’s had to deal with a lice infestation knows how annoying the persistent little pests can be. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "Lice-Filled Dinosaur Feathers Found Trapped in 100-Million-Year-Old Amber," 10 Dec. 2019 Most likely, this was done to prioritize the comfort of Uber's passengers, who would have found sudden braking and unexpected swerves annoying and alarming. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A.I. Is Everywhere—But Where Is Human Judgment?," 12 Nov. 2019 Ford is a blend of annoying and everyman, which was probably intentional. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Daybreak': TV Review," 23 Oct. 2019 The Pack Mule Police* The guy with the giant backpack is annoying (see above)., "The 16 worst people on the T, ranked - The Boston Globe," 4 Nov. 2019 Some members of the group called the tradition tacky, annoying or rude to visitors. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Seat-saving tradition for CarmelFest Parade is getting out of hand, official says. Rules may change.," 5 July 2019 What’s the most annoying thing about this courthouse? Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Bail reform, central booking, and the Justice Center are 2020 priorities for Cuyahoga County’s new top judge," 31 Dec. 2019 Special to USA TODAY Travel surcharges are so annoying. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Travel fees are out of control. Here's what to do about them," 28 Dec. 2019

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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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“Annoying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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