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 Cooking can trigger the unit to jump into the high-speed mode, which can be annoying. Allen Foster,, "AirDoctor review: Does this top-of-the-line air purifier’s performance justify the price?," 17 Oct. 2020 Waiting out a dust storm from a car or house is annoying but relatively safe. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "How to Survive 5 Extreme Weather Scenarios," 15 Oct. 2020 Alongside taking care of annoying flying bugs within a surface area of 80sqm, this mosquito trap is a beautiful object of decoration and adds a futuristic effect to any setting. Popular Science, "Celebrate the 10.10 Shopping Festival with these 10 amazing deals," 12 Oct. 2020 The Omni also lacks a side carrying handle — something that proved more than a little annoying when trudging up and down stairs. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "The best carry-on suitcases of 2020," 9 Oct. 2020 Prime Music offers a collection of two million songs and thousands of playlists to fill your ears with joy — minus those annoying commercials. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, Good Housekeeping, "18 Perks of Amazon Prime You Probably Didn't Know About," 9 Oct. 2020 Masks may be annoying, even more so because some promote them with such religious zeal, but wearing them, especially when indoors or in close proximity to others, is a low-cost way to at least diminish the spread of the virus. The Editors, National Review, "The White House Owes Americans Transparency on Trump’s Illness," 5 Oct. 2020 The finger-staring is annoying, but now my boss has taken this to another level. Roxane Gay, New York Times, "I’m a Ghostwriter for a ‘Thought Leader.’ Boo!," 2 Oct. 2020 The Comey Rule, adapted from former FBI Director James Comey’s bestselling 2018 memoir, which bears the more annoying title A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. David Klion, The New Republic, "The Unbearable Realism of The Comey Rule," 25 Sep. 2020

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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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20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Annoying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for annoying


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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