an·​noy·​ing ə-ˈnȯi-iŋ How to pronounce annoying (audio)
: causing vexation or irritation : causing annoyance : irritating
an annoying habit
annoying questions
annoyingly adverb

Example Sentences

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 There is often something vulnerable in his expression, too, which is only more annoying. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 More annoying appears to be the impact on players' habits at the plate and on the mound. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 3 Mar. 2023 This is neat, as losing smartwatch chargers is more annoying than your typical gadget. Victoria Song, The Verge, 1 Feb. 2023 Lip blushing felt more annoying than painful—like scratching a sunburned lip or over-exfoliating. Brigitt Earley, Women's Health, 30 Jan. 2023 Even more annoying will be the fact he was reportedly snatched from their grasp. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022 Really, is nothing more annoying than having to get up for a beer while watching a football game or Christmas movie? Marc Bona, cleveland, 13 Dec. 2022 Nothing is more annoying for a surfer, or for their significant other/roommate/parents, than towing half the beach back to the car and consequently, into the shower. Jackie Connor, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2022 All nail adhesives aren't created equally, and there's nothing more annoying than a nail popping off a day or two after application. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, 31 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


see annoy

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of annoying was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Annoying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


an·​noy·​ing ə-ˈnȯi-iŋ How to pronounce annoying (audio)
: causing annoyance
an annoying habit
annoyingly adverb

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