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annoy Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    rag; devil; bother; vex; irritate; nettle; rile; get to; nark; get at; gravel; chafe.
    • Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me
    • It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves
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An*noy" transitive verb
Etymology
OE. anoien, anuien, OF. anoier, anuier, F. ennuyer, fr. OF. anoi, anui, enui, annoyance, vexation, F. ennui. See Annoy, n.
Wordforms
imperfect & past participle Annoyed present participle & verbal noun Annoying
Definitions
  1. To disturb or irritate, especially by continued or repeated acts; to tease; to ruffle in mind; to vex; as, I was annoyed by his remarks.
    Say, what can more our tortured souls annoy Than to behold, admire, and lose our joy? Prior.
  2. To molest, incommode, or harm; as, to annoy an army by impeding its march, or by a cannonade. Syn. -- To molest; vex; trouble; pester; embarrass; perplex; tease.
An*noy" noun
Etymology
OE. anoi, anui, OF. anoi, anui, enui, fr. L. in odio hatred (esse alicui in odio, Cic.). See Ennui, Odium, Noisome, Noy.
Definitions
  1. A feeling of discomfort or vexation caused by what one dislikes; also, whatever causes such a feeling; as, to work annoy.
    Worse than Tantalus' is her annoy. Shak.

Webster 1913


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