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annoying

[uh-noi-ing] /əˈnɔɪ ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing annoyance; irritatingly bothersome:
annoying delays.
Origin of annoying
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see annoy, -ing2
Related forms
annoyingly, adverb
annoyingness, noun
half-annoying, adjective
half-annoyingly, adverb
unannoying, adjective
unannoyingly, adverb

annoy

[uh-noi] /əˈnɔɪ/
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.
Related forms
annoyer, noun
half-annoyed, adjective
unannoyed, adjective
Can be confused
aggravate, annoy, intensify, irritate, worsen (see synonym study at aggravate)
Synonyms
1. harass, pester. See bother, worry.
Antonyms
1. comfort, calm, soothe.
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  • But as they puffed on, amid the lengthening shadows, an annoying doubt began to manifest itself in Betty's mind.

  • When he had time to notice it, it amused him that he did not find it annoying.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It was impossible to do this without discommoding the legs of the company and annoying them beyond measure.

    The Blue Pavilions Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • I saw that Clara was bent on annoying her old enemy, and interposed.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • He said the rebels were so annoying that all boats and canoes had been destroyed to keep them from crossing.

British Dictionary definitions for annoying

annoying

/əˈnɔɪɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing irritation or displeasure
Derived Forms
annoyingly, adverb

annoy

/əˈnɔɪ/
verb
1.
to irritate or displease
2.
to harass with repeated attacks
Derived Forms
annoyer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French anoier, from Late Latin inodiāre to make hateful, from Latin in odiō (esse) (to be) hated, from odium hatred
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Word Origin and History for annoying

annoy

v.

late 13c., from Anglo-French anuier, Old French enoiier, anuier "to weary, vex, anger; be troublesome or irksome to," from Late Latin inodiare "make loathsome," from Latin (esse) in odio "(it is to me) hateful," ablative of odium "hatred" (see odium). Earliest form of the word in English was as a noun, c.1200, "feeling of irritation, displeasure, distaste." Related: Annoyed; annoying; annoyingly. Middle English also had annoyful and annoyous (both late 14c.).

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