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Words nearby annoyance
What does annoyance mean?
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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What are some other forms related to annoyance?
- annoy (verb)
What are some synonyms for annoyance?
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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.
It's pretty obnoxious to complain to volunteers about the volume of political texts one receives. These people seem to feel that the minor annoyance of their phone buzzing every ten minutes is simply too great a price for the benefit of living in a democracy.
— Noah Tarnow (@NoahTarnow) November 3, 2020
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that people can really project. You can say one thing and they’ll interpret something completely different – because of their own internalised insecurities or subconscious worries.
Sometimes their annoyance just isn’t about you.
— TONI TONE (@t0nit0ne) November 8, 2020
I wonder if the annoyance my neighbors feel because of my overgrown lawn exceeds the annoyance I feel when they mow their lawn every weekend
— Sage Francis (@SageFrancis) August 13, 2011
Try using annoyance!
Which of the following words is a synonym of annoyance?
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for annoyance
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.In France's Official Oscar Entry Two of Us, Two Women’s Love Story Plays Like a Thriller|Stephanie Zacharek|February 5, 2021|Time
Affixed to the sleigh, the dashboard provided “more effectual protection from annoyance by the throwing up of snow.”Covid-19 dashboards are vital, yet flawed, sources of public information|Jacqueline Wernimont|January 26, 2021|Washington Post
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.Rep. Watson Coleman: I’m 75. I had cancer. I got covid-19 because my GOP colleagues dismiss facts.|Bonnie Watson Coleman|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
Those habits, combined with their demand for personalized experiences, means millennials aren’t afraid to hide their annoyance at outbound marketing tactics when online.What can 129 million calls tell us about inbound marketing? A lot, it turns out|Sponsored Content: CallRail|December 21, 2020|Search Engine Land
He showed no signs of annoyance at the question, instead pivoting to a Drake song.Big East coaches pick Georgetown to finish last. Patrick Ewing says that’s about right.|Kareem Copeland|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
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.Dinner With James Deen During Porn’s Latest HIV Scare|Emily Shire|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
His face flushed with annoyance, and taking off his soft hat he began to beat it impatiently against his leg as he walked.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
But all these inconveniences are comparatively trifling; the greatest amount of annoyance begins towards the end of the voyage.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
For twenty years he had shown no sign of joy or sorrow or anger, scarcely even of pleasure or annoyance.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
You may be overheard, and give pain or cause annoyance by your untimely conversation.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley