from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of annoying; vexation; molestation.
  • noun The state of being annoyed; a feeling of trouble, vexation, or anger, occasioned by unwelcome or injurious acts or events.
  • noun That which annoys, troubles, or molests.
  • noun Synonyms Molestation, vexation.
  • noun Discomfort, plague.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
  • noun the act of troubling or annoying someone
  • noun something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
  • noun anger produced by some annoying irritation
  • noun 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



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