Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of annoying or the state of being annoyed.
  • n. A cause of irritation or vexation; a nuisance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which annoys.
  • n. An act or instance of annoying.
  • n. The psychological state of being annoyed or irritated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of annoying, or the state of being annoyed; molestation; vexation; annoy.
  • n. That which annoys.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Old French anuiance, anoiance, from the verb anuier ("to cause problems"). Compare Modern French ennui (Wiktionary)

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