[ uh-noi-uh ns ]
/ əˈnɔɪ əns /


a person or thing that annoys; nuisance: Unwanted visitors are an annoyance.
an act or instance of annoying.
the feeling of being annoyed.

Nearby words

  1. annotinous,
  2. announce,
  3. announcement,
  4. announcer,
  5. annoy,
  6. annoyed,
  7. annoying,
  8. annual,
  9. annual general meeting,
  10. annual parallax

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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British Dictionary definitions for annoyance


/ (əˈnɔɪəns) /


the feeling of being annoyed
the act of annoying
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