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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.