- to disturb or bother (a person) in a way that displeases, troubles, or slightly irritates.
- to molest; harm.
- to be bothersome or troublesome.
- Archaic. an annoyance.
Origin of annoy
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Examples from the Web for annoy
It almost makes you wonder if Lizard Squad did this just to annoy Anonymous and the other earnest champions of privacy.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
[A]s he climbs the political ladder, he seems destined to annoy some more people along the way.What Makes Ted Cruz Tick?
April 2, 2013
“Because it will be least in a capacity to annoy or injure,” he wrote in his Federalist 78 paper.Online Activism, Nationwide Protests Deepen Ahead of Supreme Court Health-Care Hearing
March 23, 2012
It was a good and realistic response, but one likely to annoy the conservative base.Newt Gingrich’s Immigration Stance Won’t Play With Conservatives
November 23, 2011
And in a Republican primary that so far has been woefully message-challenged, "annoy the media" may not sound half bad.How Palin's Winning the Media War
June 2, 2011
Would he annoy her, enrage her perhaps, or even worse, tire her?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The other boys did attempt it, however, simply to tease and annoy the fiery Corsican.The Boy Life of Napoleon
Something in his brother's meditative back seemed to annoy him.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Nothing has been said, nothing happened; no one has dared to say or do anything to annoy you?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
He smiled as it occurred to him how easily he could annoy Ingram by marrying Helen.Cleo The Magnificent
- to irritate or displease
- to harass with repeated attacks
Word Origin and History for annoy
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.).