annoy

[uh-noi]
verb (used with object)
1.
to disturb or bother (a person) in a way that displeases, troubles, or slightly irritates.
2.
to molest; harm.
verb (used without object)
3.
to be bothersome or troublesome.
noun
4.
Archaic. an annoyance.

Origin:
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English an(n)oien, enoien < Anglo-French, Old French anoier, anuier to molest, harm, tire < Late Latin inodiāre to cause aversion, from Latin phrase mihi in odiō est … I dislike …; cf. in-2, odium, ennui, noisome; (noun) Middle English a(n)noi, ennoi < Anglo-French, Old French a(n)nui, etc., derivative of the v.

annoyer, noun
half-annoyed, adjective
unannoyed, adjective

aggravate, annoy, intensify, irritate, worsen (see synonym study at aggravate).


1. harass, pester. See bother, worry.


1. comfort, calm, soothe.
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annoy (əˈnɔɪ)
 
vb
1.  to irritate or displease
2.  to harass with repeated attacks
 
[C13: from Old French anoier, from Late Latin inodiāre to make hateful, from Latin in odiō (esse) (to be) hated, from odium hatred]
 
an'noyer
 
n

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annoy
mid-13c., from Anglo-Fr. anuier, from O.Fr. enoiier, anuier "to weary, vex," from L.L. inodiare "make loathsome," from L. (esse) in odio "(it is to me) hateful," abl. of odium "hatred."
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Example sentences
Big things, little things, all kinds of things annoy you.
If you can manage to have the dean's actions annoy as many people on campus as
  possible, then you have some leverage for change.
The two journalists in trouble both specialise in stories that annoy important
  people.
Freeloaders annoy honey badgers, but don't cause them to go hungry.
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