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[ uh-noi-uhns ]


  1. a person or thing that annoys; nuisance:

    Unwanted visitors are an annoyance.

  2. an act or instance of annoying.
  3. the feeling of being annoyed.


/ əˈnɔɪəns /


  1. the feeling of being annoyed
  2. the act of annoying
  3. a person or thing that annoys

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Word History and Origins

Origin of annoyance1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French; annoy + -ance

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Example Sentences

Nina is shut out of the secret life she and Madeleine have shared, and as she hovers about anxiously, Madeleine’s children view her first as an annoyance and eventually as a threat.

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Affixed to the sleigh, the dashboard provided “more effectual protection from annoyance by the throwing up of snow.”

I am angry that several of our nation’s leaders were unwilling to deal with the small annoyance of a mask for a few hours.

Those habits, combined with their demand for personalized experiences, means millennials aren’t afraid to hide their annoyance at outbound marketing tactics when online.

He showed no signs of annoyance at the question, instead pivoting to a Drake song.

He was at times both an ally and annoyance to President Obama.

But the unknown potential health risks seem like a mild annoyance, if that, to Deen.

She then expressed her annoyance that the leader of the Oklahoma mosque where Nolan had worshipped refused to appear on her show.

In the winter, they can shield drivers from the annoyance of having to wipe snow and ice off their windshields.

Again, this is an annoyance and a reflection of a double standard against women.

The manifest annoyance of her household was thus easily accounted for, but he marveled at the strength of her bodyguard.

His face flushed with annoyance, and taking off his soft hat he began to beat it impatiently against his leg as he walked.

But all these inconveniences are comparatively trifling; the greatest amount of annoyance begins towards the end of the voyage.

For twenty years he had shown no sign of joy or sorrow or anger, scarcely even of pleasure or annoyance.

You may be overheard, and give pain or cause annoyance by your untimely conversation.


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More About Annoyance

What does annoyance mean?

An annoyance is someone or something that annoys—bothers or irritates.

Annoyance can also refer to the feeling of being annoyed, the act of annoying, or an instance in which someone or something is annoying.

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.

An annoyance usually consists of some kind of irritating and unwanted behavior (especially when it’s repeated), such as someone chewing too loudly or asking you the same question over and over again. Things that are annoyances 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.

The word is sometimes used to contrast with something considered a serious problem, as in It’s no big deal—just a minor annoyance. 

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

Example: I know all this paperwork is an annoyance, but just try to get through it as quickly as you can.

Where does annoyance come from?

The first records of the word annoyance come from the 1300s. Its base word, annoy, 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.” The suffix -ance is used to form nouns.

People and things that are annoyances do things that you dislike—things that bother you. Still, it’s usually something minor and not truly harmful. It’s more common to describe something as annoying than to call it an annoyance, but the word annoyance is fairly common.

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How is annoyance used in real life?

Annoyance most commonly refers to a feeling of irritation or the person or thing that’s causing this feeling. It’s always used negatively.


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Which of the following words is a synonym of annoyance?

A. irritation
B. frustration
C. aggravation
D. all of the above