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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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  • It secures us against all future annoyance from powerful Indian tribes.

  • Illogically, he felt it was all Bill's fault that he must endure this annoyance.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • He bit his lip in his annoyance, shivering with a presentiment.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • I do not believe I have ever said anything before them which could cause them annoyance.

    Reflections Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
  • She answers sweetly without a trace of the annoyance she must surely feel.

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
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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