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[ uh-noi ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to disturb or bother (a person) in a way that displeases, troubles, or slightly irritates.

    Synonyms: pester, harass

    Antonyms: soothe, calm, comfort

  2. to molest; harm.

verb (used without object)

  1. to be bothersome or troublesome.


  1. Archaic. an annoyance.


/ əˈnɔɪ /


  1. to irritate or displease
  2. to harass with repeated attacks

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Derived Forms

  • anˈnoyer, noun

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Other Words From

  • an·noyer noun
  • half-an·noyed adjective
  • unan·noyed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of annoy1

First recorded in 1250–1300; (for the verb) Middle English an(n)oien, enoien, from Anglo-French, Old French anoier, anuier “to molest, harm, tire,” from Late Latin inodiāre “to cause aversion,” from Latin phrase (mihi) in odiō (est) “I dislike,” literally, “(it is) in hate (to me)”; in- 2, odium; (for the noun) Middle English a(n)noi, ennoi, from Anglo-French, Old French a(n)nui, enui, derivative of the verb ( ennui ( def ) )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of annoy1

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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Example Sentences

It almost makes you wonder if Lizard Squad did this just to annoy Anonymous and the other earnest champions of privacy.

[A]s he climbs the political ladder, he seems destined to annoy some more people along the way.

“Because it will be least in a capacity to annoy or injure,” he wrote in his Federalist 78 paper.

It was a good and realistic response, but one likely to annoy the conservative base.

And in a Republican primary that so far has been woefully message-challenged, "annoy the media" may not sound half bad.

Many will be shamed into apology, who would annoy you for hours, if you encouraged them by acts of rudeness on your own part.

Something had happened to disappoint and annoy them—that much he could gather from their gestures and impassioned speech.

You will probably cause utter confusion in the set, annoy the others forming it, and make yourself appear absurd.

There is a distinction also between acts that annoy and those that injure adjoining property.

They don't know when to stop talking about it, they really annoy one with extravagant praises of them.


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More About Annoy

What does annoy mean?

Annoy means to bother or irritate.

The word implies that the resulting irritation does not rise to the level of serious harm or a major problem—even if someone or something annoys you very much.

People usually annoy through some kind of irritating and unwanted behavior (especially when it’s repeated), such as chewing too loudly or asking you the same question over and over again. Things that annoy are often those that distract, interrupt, or intrude on what you’re trying to do, like a noise that keeps waking you up when you’re trying to fall asleep or a pop-up ad.

Someone who is bothered in this way can be described as annoyed. Someone or something that annoys you can be described as annoying. Someone or something that annoys you can be called an annoyance.

Less commonly, annoy means to harass. In this case, the results are more serious than the more common meaning of annoy.

Example: Mom, Jeff is trying to annoy me again! He keeps humming!

Where does annoy come from?

The first records of the word annoy come from the 1200s. It comes from the Old French anoier, meaning “to tire” or “to harm.” This term derived from the Late Latin verb inodiāre, which means “to cause aversion” and itself comes from the Latin phrase mihi in odiō est, meaning “I dislike.”

People and things that annoy are doing something that you dislike—something that bothers you. Still, it’s usually something minor and not truly harmful. Annoy has a lot of synonyms that can be used in all kinds of annoying situations, including bother, aggravate, pester, vex, irritate, irk, exasperate, and perturb.

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What are some other forms related to annoy?

  • annoyed (past tense verb, adjective)
  • annoying (continuous tense verb, adjective)
  • annoyance (noun)
  • annoyer (noun)
  • half-annoyed (adjective)
  • unannoyed (adjective)

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How is annoy used in real life?

Annoy is a very common word that can be used in all kinds of contexts. It’s always used negatively.




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Which of the following words is a synonym of annoy?

A. vex
B. irk
C. pester
D. all of the above




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