- nuisance ground,
- nuisance tax,
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’|Eileen Cronin|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
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?|Jacob Heilbrunn|June 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Anger or fear is often a nuisance in civilized life, and any strong emotion is apt to disturb mental work or skilled manual work.Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth
But, though few in number, they had already proved a nuisance.Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England|Richard Valpy French
Often, however, this ability is a disadvantage, because the plants are prone to spread and become a nuisance unless watched.
Without the peaceable spirit it only renders its possessor a bully and a nuisance.The Big Otter|R.M. Ballantyne
It's a nuisance to have to give ourselves away, but I can't see anything for it but to knock and get the window opened.The Girls of St. Cyprian's|Angela Brazil
- a person or thing that causes annoyance or bother
- (as modifier)nuisance calls
Word Origin 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.
see make a nuisance of oneself.