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."

annoyed
"vexed, peeved, offended," c.1300, pp. adj. from annoy (q.v.).
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Example sentences
Truth is, newborn babes don't react at all — ones a few days old only get
  annoyed if tickled.
To say I was annoyed was an understatement.
My wife and I, watching foreign movies in languages we know, are often annoyed
  by mediocre subtitling.
New readers will most likely come away baffled and annoyed.
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