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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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Examples from the web for annoyance
  • Mobile phones are an acknowledged source of annoyance in public places.
  • Formulating a good working definition of annoyance is a persistent challenge for researchers.
  • My annoyance at have to fix things is much tempered by my joy at knowing the article has been accepted.
  • He kept rolling his eyes and huffing with annoyance.
  • Malware is only an annoyance for those who cannot think anymore.
  • Car engines, too, have been hushed to well below their annoyance levels.
  • Available now, for you to buy and use for five minutes before ripping them off in a fit of annoyance.
  • The additional annoyance engendered by our celebration is insignificant.
  • The fact that my condition got no better seemed to be more of an annoyance to them.
  • For those in the area with plane tickets or long drives scheduled, the unusual weather event was a major annoyance.
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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