American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of annoying or the state of being annoyed.
- n. A cause of irritation or vexation; a nuisance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of annoying; vexation; molestation.
- n. The state of being annoyed; a feeling of trouble, vexation, or anger, occasioned by unwelcome or injurious acts or events.
- n. That which annoys, troubles, or molests.
- n. Synonyms Molestation, vexation.
- n. Discomfort, plague.
- n. countable That which annoys.
- n. countable An act or instance of annoying.
- n. uncountable The psychological state of being annoyed or irritated.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of annoying, or the state of being annoyed; molestation; vexation; annoy.
- n. That which annoys.
- n. the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
- n. the act of troubling or annoying someone
- n. something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
- n. anger produced by some annoying irritation
- n. an unpleasant person who is annoying or exasperating
- Old French anuiance, anoiance, from the verb anuier ("to cause problems"). Compare Modern French ennui (Wiktionary)
“Following the arbitrary rules of etiquette is a minor short term annoyance, but in the long run it alleviates life's exhausting tendancy for being little more than one damn thing after another.”
“Drivers sometimes honked their horns in annoyance as they slowed down, but there was no indication Tuesday that the speed hump caused the fight between Patton, who lives nearby, and Carr on June 11.”
“The biggest annoyance is that this spastic clutter of a hyperactive, ultra-communicative, check down time-waster is a first ballot Hall of Fame shoe-in.”
“The other intolerable annoyance is his spastic clunkiness.”
“The secret to the Obama annoyance is snotty lecturing.”
“Our eyes would roll again, not in annoyance this time, but in defeat.”
“He looked up at her with an expression of annoyance.”
“One serious annoyance is that sometimes a request to the app, a request to search or reply, for example, will lock up the handset for a minute or two.”
“My greatest annoyance is when the typewriter prints an extra letter, or forgets a necessary one, to a word I well know.”
“Well, my pet annoyance is people who refuse to acknowledge that drugs (including alcohol) have “uses” other than what the FDA condones.”
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