- an obnoxious or annoying person, thing, condition, practice, etc.: a monthly meeting that was more nuisance than pleasure.
- Law. something offensive or annoying to individuals or to the community, especially in violation of their legal rights.
Origin of nuisance
Examples from the Web for nuisance
If my legs made me a nuisance, I vowed to become less of one.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
Other questions: Should nuisance bears be euthanized if they are serial offenders?
Last year, there were a record 6,726, covering “nuisance” behavior, property damage, injuries to bears, and injuries to humans.
But the Roma remained on the streets of French cities, perceived as a nuisance in many places, a threat in some.Roma Immigrants Have Set France on Edge
Christopher Dickey, Alice Guilhamon
October 4, 2013
Franz Joseph lit the Hofburg Palace with kerosene lamps and viewed the telephone as a nuisance.Before the Fall: What Did the World Look Like in 1913?
June 9, 2013
They want to loaf about, and drink, and be a nuisance to everybody, like some of the rich ones.Weighed and Wanting
This fact is simply that a child is a nuisance to a grown-up person.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
A nuisance on Balera, which is the equivalent of a Terran swamp.Join Our Gang?
Sterling E. Lanier
Aunty May said it was funny, too, but Aunty Edith said it was a nuisance.W. A. G.'s Tale
All the politicians are a nuisance, a curse, a plague worse than was any in Egypt.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
- a person or thing that causes annoyance or bother
- (as modifier)nuisance calls
- law something unauthorized that is obnoxious or injurious to the community at large (public nuisance) or to an individual, esp in relation to his ownership or occupation of property (private nuisance)
- nuisance value the usefulness of a person's or thing's capacity to cause difficulties or irritation
Word Origin and History for nuisance
c.1400, "injury, hurt, harm," from Anglo-French nusaunce, Old French nuisance "harm, wrong, damage," from past participle stem of nuire "to harm," from Latin nocere "to hurt" (see noxious). Sense has softened over time, to "anything obnoxious to a community" (bad smells, pests, eyesores), 1660s, then "source of annoyance, something personally disagreeable" (1831). Applied to persons from 1690s.
Idioms and Phrases with nuisance
see make a nuisance of oneself.