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

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The schedule may seem annoying, but there’s a good reason for the shift: broadcaster NBC wants to avoid conflicts with Sunday Night Football, an event that has historically limited viewership numbers for the Emmys. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Reminder: don’t schedule your Emmys party for Sunday," 14 Sep. 2018 Some of the other hotel employees found Anna deeply annoying. Jessica Pressler, The Cut, "Maybe She Had So Much Money She Just Lost Track of It," 28 May 2018 Name change fees, though annoying, actually aren't totally uncommon. Olivia Harrison,, "This Airline Slammed A Passenger With A $94 Fee For The Most Absurd Reason," 8 May 2018 Less annoying is the staged drowning to get Tripp elected. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Who wouldn’t be worried about being subsumed by Hemingway’s imposing shadow, but this hand-wringing becomes annoying. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Paula McLain's fictional portrait of Gellhorn/Hemingway marriage equals 'Love and Ruin'," 1 May 2018 But what’s endearing in a puppy can become annoying or even dangerous when the pup has doubled or tripled in size. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Start on Day 1 with ‘sit’ and your pup is set for life as a greeter | The Sacramento Bee," 28 Feb. 2018 By episode four, the characters start to become less annoying, but that's asking viewers to be patient in a world where there are hundreds of other shows to watch. Kristi Turnquist,, "Portland back in the TV spotlight with HBO's ambitious, unfocused 'Here and Now' (review)," 8 Feb. 2018 While the ride is comfortable and the car lopes along the highway unperturbed at 90 mph, the trip is accompanied by a bit of tire roar, which can become annoying on extended drives. James Lipman, Car and Driver, "2018 Audi A5 Sportback vs. 2018 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe, 2018 Kia Stinger AWD," 1 Feb. 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 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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