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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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.

 

 

 

Try using annoy!

Which of the following words is a synonym of annoy?

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

Example sentences from the Web for annoy

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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