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[uh-noi-uh ns] /əˈnɔɪ əns/
a person or thing that annoys; nuisance:
Unwanted visitors are an annoyance.
an act or instance of annoying.
the feeling of being annoyed.
Origin of annoyance
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French; see annoy, -ance
Can be confused Unabridged
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  • Sometimes poisons are administered, not for the purpose of destroying life, but of causing some slight injury or annoyance.

    Memoranda on Poisons Thomas Hawkes Tanner
  • Illogically, he felt it was all Bill's fault that he must endure this annoyance.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • This was much to the annoyance of Callie, the impatient chambermaid, who wanted to get her work done.

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
  • He bit his lip in his annoyance, shivering with a presentiment.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • In spite of his smile she saw that there was a tinge of annoyance in the look he fixed upon her.

    The Wheel of Life Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
British Dictionary definitions for annoyance


the feeling of being annoyed
the act of annoying
a person or thing that annoys
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Word Origin and History for annoyance

late 14c., "act of annoying," from Old French enoiance "ill-humor, irritation," from anuiant, present participle of anuier "to be troublesome, annoy, harass" (see annoy). Meaning "state of being annoyed" is from c.1500. Earlier, annoying was used in the sense of "act of offending" (c.1300), and a noun annoy (c.1200) in a sense "feeling of irritation, displeasure, distaste."

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