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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These questions might be annoying, but the rhetoric around Muslims in America often is much more sinister. Nadra Widatalla, Teen Vogue, "Why Ramadan Is Important to Me in an Islamophobic America," 7 May 2019 Lounging around at home or taking the time to do annoying life things, like getting your license renewed or finally putting together that terrifying IKEA bookshelf, is a totally legit way to spend your time off between jobs. Annie Daly, SELF, "Why I Always Take a Between-Jobs Vacation," 9 July 2018 Other days cancer seems like an annoying neighbor who makes a lot of noise but who probably won’t come over again. Kate Bowler, Twin Cities, "Kate Bowler: The delicate balance of love and fear when cancer strikes," 21 June 2019 Some players have worked on being annoying to force a deal, such as Antonio Brown did with Pittsburgh. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns: Talkin’ Duke Johnson’s demand and the rise of Greedy Williams – Terry Pluto," 9 June 2019 That means those annoying delays when streaming games over Wi-Fi or making calls could be a thing of the past. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "7 tweaks and changes in Android Q that will make your phone better than it is now," 13 Mar. 2019 In the present, everyone will be annoying each other every 15 seconds. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "Connecting Lacy’s SFMOMA study of a closed mill and Warhol," 4 June 2019 Fruit flies especially are incredibly annoying and seem to pop up out of nowhere. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies for Good," 9 May 2019 The awkward time between winter and spring, because let’s face it the weather hasn’t quite sprung yet, can be both annoying and exhilarating. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "The Moisturizer Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist Swears By Lives Up To The Hype," 19 Apr. 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

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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