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Princeton's WordNet

  1. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devilverb

    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

    "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"


  1. annoynoun

    A feeling of discomfort or vexation caused by what one dislikes.

  2. annoynoun

    That which causes such a feeling.

  3. annoyverb

    To disturb or irritate, especially by continued or repeated acts; to bother with unpleasant deeds.

    Marc loved his sister, but when she annoyed him he wanted to switch her off.

  4. annoyverb

    To do something to upset or anger someone; to be troublesome.

    Connie liked to annoy her brother by using him as a leg rest.

  5. annoyverb

    To molest; to harm; to injure.

  6. Etymology: From annoien, anoien, enoien, from anuier, enuier, from inodio, from the phrase, from odium. Displaced native grillen, from grillan (see grill).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Annoynoun

    Injury; molestation; trouble.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Sleep, Richmond, sleep in peace, and wake in joy;
    Good angels guard thee from the boar’s annoy. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    All pain and joy is in their way;
    The things we fear bring less annoy
    Than fear, and hope brings greater joy;
    But in themselves they cannot stay. John Donne.

    What then remains, but, after past annoy,
    To take the good vicissitude of joy. John Dryden, Fables.

  2. To ANNOYverb

    To incommode; to vex; to teaze; to molest.

    Etymology: annoyer, Fr.

    Woe to poor man; each outward thing annoys him;
    He heaps in inward grief, that most destroys him. Philip Sidney.

    Her joyous presence and sweet company,
    In full content he there did long enjoy;
    Ne wicked envy, nor vile jealousy,
    His dear delights were able to annoy. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    As one who long in populous city pent,
    Where houses thick, and sewers, annoy the air,
    Forth issuing on a summer’s morn to breathe
    Among the pleasant villages, and farms
    Adjoin’d, from each thing met conceives delight. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix. l. 445.

    Insects seldom use their offensive weapons, unless provoked: let them but alone, and annoy them not. John Ray, on the Creation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Annoynoun

    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

  2. Annoynoun

    to molest, incommode, or harm; as, to annoy an army by impeding its march, or by a cannonade

  3. Annoynoun

    a feeling of discomfort or vexation caused by what one dislikes; also, whatever causes such a feeling; as, to work annoy

  4. Etymology: [OE. anoi, anui, OF. anoi, anui, enui, fr. L. in odio hatred (esse alicui in odio, Cic.). See Ennui, Odium, Noisome, Noy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Annoy

    an-noi′, v.t. to trouble: to vex: to tease: to harm, esp. in military sense:—pr.p. annoy′ing; pa.p. annoyed′.—ns. Annoy (now poetic only), Annoy′ance, that which annoys.—adv. Annoy′ingly. [O. Fr. anoier (It. annoiare); noun, anoi (mod. ennui), acc. to Diez from L. phrase, in odio, as in 'est mihi in odio' = 'it is to me hateful.']

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. annoy

    To injure or disturb by continued or repeated acts; to incommode or molest; as, to annoy an army by impeding their march, or by a continued cannonade.

Anagrams for annoy »

  1. anyon

  2. nonya

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of annoy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of annoy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of annoy in a Sentence

  1. Leo Valdez:

    I try very hard to be annoying. Don't insult my ability to annoy.

  2. Evangelos Venizelos:

    We are on a good path, difficulties are significant but a solution will be found, measures that will annoy citizens will not be taken. This is a fundamental decision from which we will not stray.

  3. Amy Vanderbilt:

    Do not smoke without asking permission or sit so near (as in a train) that the smoke might annoy.

  4. Herm Albright:

    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

  5. Wendy Suzuki:

    There's a push these days towards teaching people how to be happy, it's an attractive idea but the truth is, we are complicated organisms with an array of emotions that are there for a reason. The reason is not to annoy you. Your feelings are there to tell you about yourself and what you value and what is happening in your world.

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