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annoy

[uh-noi]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to disturb or bother (a person) in a way that displeases, troubles, or slightly irritates.
  2. to molest; harm.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be bothersome or troublesome.
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noun
  1. Archaic. an annoyance.
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Origin of annoy

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 formsan·noy·er, nounhalf-an·noyed, adjectiveun·an·noyed, adjective
Can be confusedaggravate annoy irritate

Synonyms

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1. harass, pester.

Synonym study

1. See bother, worry.

Antonyms

1. comfort, calm, soothe.
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Examples from the Web for annoy

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  • 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.

  • 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

    Louis Zangwill


British Dictionary definitions for annoy

annoy

verb
  1. to irritate or displease
  2. to harass with repeated attacks
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Derived Formsannoyer, 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 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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