Definitions for nuisanceˈnu səns, ˈnyu-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nui•sanceˈnu səns, ˈnyu-(n.)

  1. an obnoxious or annoying person, thing, practice, etc.

  2. Law. harm, injury, or disturbance, as to use of property, health, safety, or decency.

    Category: Law

Origin of nuisance:

1375–1425; late ME nu(i)sa(u)nce < AF; OF nuisance harm <nuis(ant), ptp. of nuire to harm

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nuisance(noun)

    (law) a broad legal concept including anything that disturbs the reasonable use of your property or endangers life and health or is offensive

  2. pain, pain in the neck, nuisance(noun)

    a bothersome annoying person

    "that kid is a terrible pain"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nuisance(noun)ˈnu səns, ˈnyu-

    sb or sth who is annoying or bothers you

    Teachers treated him as a nuisance.


  1. nuisance(Noun)

    A minor annoyance or inconvenience.

  2. nuisance(Noun)

    A person or thing causing annoyance or inconvenience.

  3. nuisance(Noun)

    Anything harmful or offensive to the community or to a member of it, for which a legal remedy exists.

    a public nuisance

  4. Origin: From nusaunce, nussance etc., from nuisance, from nuisire (, from noceo)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nuisance(noun)

    that which annoys or gives trouble and vexation; that which is offensive or noxious


  1. Nuisance

    Nuisance is a common law tort. It means that which causes offence, annoyance, trouble or injury. A nuisance can be either public or private. A public nuisance was defined by English scholar Sir J. F. Stephen as, "an act not warranted by law, or an omission to discharge a legal duty, which act or omission obstructs or causes inconvenience or damage to the public in the exercise of rights common to all Her Majesty's subjects". Private nuisance is the interference with the right of specific people. Nuisance is one of the oldest causes of action known to the common law, with cases framed in nuisance going back almost to the beginning of recorded case law. Nuisance signifies that the "right of quiet enjoyment" is being disrupted to such a degree that a tort is being committed.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nuisance' in Nouns Frequency: #2914

Translations for nuisance

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person or thing that is annoying or troublesome

That child is a terrible nuisance.

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