[uh-noi-uh ns]
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Origin of annoyance

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see annoy, -ance
Can be confusedaggravation annoyance intensification irritation worsening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of annoyance

  • It secures us against all future annoyance from powerful Indian tribes.

  • Illogically, he felt it was all Bill's fault that he must endure this annoyance.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • He bit his lip in his annoyance, shivering with a presentiment.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • She answers sweetly without a trace of the annoyance she must surely feel.

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • I do not believe I have ever said anything before them which could cause them annoyance.


    Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

British Dictionary definitions for annoyance


  1. the feeling of being annoyed
  2. the act of annoying
  3. a person or thing that annoys
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Word Origin and History for annoyance

late 14c., "act of annoying," from Old French enoiance "ill-humor, irritation," from anuiant, present participle of anuier "to be troublesome, annoy, harass" (see annoy). Meaning "state of being annoyed" is from c.1500. Earlier, annoying was used in the sense of "act of offending" (c.1300), and a noun annoy (c.1200) in a sense "feeling of irritation, displeasure, distaste."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper