- causing annoyance; irritatingly bothersome: annoying delays.
Origin of annoying
- to disturb or bother (a person) in a way that displeases, troubles, or slightly irritates.
- to molest; harm.
- to be bothersome or troublesome.
- Archaic. an annoyance.
Origin of annoy
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Examples from the Web for annoying
The ACLU and its allies are trying to undermine the holiday with lawsuits and annoying billboards.Why I’m for the War on Christmas
December 23, 2014
Sanger felt, to the contrary, that it was the nonacademic masses who tended to be annoying.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
She is even, it has been deemed, “annoying on Instagram,” that most contemporary of heinous crimes.Why Does Everyone Hate Lea Michele?
October 9, 2014
It was audacious and global in scope, yet annoying for being unavoidable.U2 Generously Gives Us a Lousy Album, Sucks at the Corporate Teat
September 13, 2014
But yeah, the people who went, “Ugh, how annoying,” probably forgot about it five seconds later.Anna Kendrick on ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ Drunken Horror Stories, and Singin’ Pharrell
July 24, 2014
When he had time to notice it, it amused him that he did not find it annoying.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Isn't it annoying when one can't pick up the thread of a conversation?The Incomplete Amorist
I saw that Clara was bent on annoying her old enemy, and interposed.Wilfrid Cumbermede
The kindling of the fire seems to have been for the purpose of annoying the enemy.Y Gododin
“Sir Peter has great faith in annoying and thwarting me,” she went on.The First Violin
- causing irritation or displeasure
- to irritate or displease
- to harass with repeated attacks
Word Origin and History for annoying
late 13c., from Anglo-French anuier, Old French enoiier, anuier "to weary, vex, anger; be troublesome or irksome to," from Late Latin inodiare "make loathsome," from Latin (esse) in odio "(it is to me) hateful," ablative of odium "hatred" (see odium). Earliest form of the word in English was as a noun, c.1200, "feeling of irritation, displeasure, distaste." Related: Annoyed; annoying; annoyingly. Middle English also had annoyful and annoyous (both late 14c.).