annoying

adjective
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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For the more common—but still annoying—ills, here's how to talk to your doctor about finding a better fit. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Signs You’re on the Wrong Birth Control Pill," 3 Apr. 2019 Chipping a perfectly good manicure is one of life’s most annoying frustrations. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "4 Mistakes You’re Making When Wearing Gel Nail Polish," 25 Jan. 2019 Spotify is improving of one of its most annoying, arbitrary limits. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Spotify raises limit for offline downloads to 10,000 songs per device," 12 Sep. 2018 There is nothing more annoying than a giant semen stain in the center of your mattress, or period blood splattered over your sheets like a crime scene. Gigi Engle, SELF, "7 Tips for Cleaning Up After Sex Gets Messy," 12 Dec. 2018 The best and likely safest place for a scooter is a bike lane since there are no pedestrians and because the lanes can accommodate faster traffic (as a daily bike commuter, scooters aren’t any more annoying than slower cyclists). Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 What could be more annoying than Mercury retrograde? Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Pisces Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 Why do preschool teachers make so little money, for example, while the people who design annoying banner ads do pretty well for themselves? Alana Semuels, New York Times, "Are More and More People Working Meaningless Jobs?," 26 June 2018 Likewise in February, Google launched an ad blocker in Chrome that filtered out some of the more annoying kinds of online ads. Robert Levine, BostonGlobe.com, "Google is hugely powerful. Is antitrust law up to the job?," 13 June 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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annoying

adjective
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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