verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of annoy
OTHER WORDS FROM annoyan·noy·er, nounhalf-an·noyed, adjectiveun·an·noyed, adjective
Words nearby 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.
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)
What are some synonyms for annoy?
What are some words that share a root or word element with annoy?
What are some words that often get used in discussing annoy?
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.
My little brother is trying to annoy me by singing at the top of his lungs. Little does he know, I'm not bothered. I'm tuning him out.
— Jasmine Burgess (@Wildflower1908) May 13, 2011
Some people say someday you’ll miss the things that used to annoy you — like dirty socks on the floor — when someone is gone.
Nope. I miss a lot, but the things that annoyed me? I’m totally fine with those gone.
— Shannon Dingle (@ShannonDingle) December 31, 2019
what annoys me the most is when someone tells me how I should feel in a certain situation
— zoe(: (@zoeabriana06) September 20, 2020
Try using annoy!
Which of the following words is a synonym of annoy?
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for annoy
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.Online Activism, Nationwide Protests Deepen Ahead of Supreme Court Health-Care Hearing|Daniel Stone|March 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was a good and realistic response, but one likely to annoy the conservative base.Newt Gingrich’s Immigration Stance Won’t Play With Conservatives|Michelle Goldberg|November 23, 2011|DAILY BEAST
And in a Republican primary that so far has been woefully message-challenged, "annoy the media" may not sound half bad.
Won't somebody see what new form of the devil has been sent here to annoy me?The Spiritualists and the Detectives|Allan Pinkerton
I was careful not to allow my great discomfort to annoy others.
"I said nothing to annoy Mrs. O'Connor, at any rate," says Mr. Ryde.Rossmoyne|Unknown
Psyche saw through his pretences, and knew that he was annoyed, and she hated to annoy him.The Laughing Mill and Other Stories|Julian Hawthorne
They had wisely resolved to annoy the Spaniards in their American possessions.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett