annoy

[ uh-noi ]
/ əˈnɔɪ /

verb (used with object)

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

verb (used without object)

to be bothersome or troublesome.

noun

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.

synonym study for annoy

1. See bother, worry.

OTHER WORDS FROM annoy

an·noy·er, nounhalf-an·noyed, adjectiveun·an·noyed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH annoy

aggravate annoy irritate
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British Dictionary definitions for annoy

annoy
/ (əˈnɔɪ) /

verb

to irritate or displease
to harass with repeated attacks

Derived forms of annoy

annoyer, noun

Word Origin for annoy

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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