from The Century Dictionary.

  • Troublesome; annoying.

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

  • adjective obsolete Troublesome; annoying.

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  • adjective obsolete troublesome; annoying


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Old French enuius, anoios.


  • To enforce the authority of the Stannary Courts a prison was constructed in the thirteenth century out of the keep or dungeon of Lydford Castle, about nine miles north of Tavistock; and in the sixteenth century this prison was described as "one of the most annoyous, contagious, and detestable places in the realm."

    From John O'Groats to Land's End

  • Time causeth the fierce lions to be tame, and whatsoeuer furious beast: the small ant by long trauell laieth vp hir winter foode in the hard tree, and shall not a diuine shape lying hid in a humane bodie take the impression of feruent loue, and then holding the same, shake off all annoyous and vexing passions, hoping to enioy amorous fruits, desired effects, and triumphing agonismes.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • Truly, howsoever the case standeth, this methinketh is nothing available to the weal public, for war’s sake, which you never have, but when you will yourselves, to keep and maintain an innumerable flock of that sort of men, that be so troublesome and annoyous in peace, whereof you ought to have a thousand times more regard than of war.

    The First Book. The First Book of the Communication of Raphael Hythloday, Concerning the Best State of a Commonwealth


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  • Railroad telegraphers' shorthand meaning "Amount is not correct". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 19, 2013