What does nuisance mean?

Definitions for nuisance
ˈnu səns, ˈnyu-nui·sance

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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"


  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

  2. Origin: [OE. noisance, OF. noisance, nuisance, fr. L. nocentia guilt, fr. nocere to hurt, harm; akin to necare to kill. Cf Necromancy, Nocent, Noxious, Pernicious.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nuisance

    nū′sans, n. that which annoys or hurts: that which troubles: that which is offensive.—n. Nū′isancer. [Fr.,—L. nocēre, to hurt.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nuisance in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nuisance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of nuisance in a Sentence

  1. Carl Tobias:

    This is an interesting twist on the idea of public nuisance.

  2. Yiddish Proverb:

    A guest is like rain: when he lingers on, he becomes a nuisance.

  3. Ryan Maue:

    It's more of a nuisance at this point, especially after this winter.

  4. Havelock Ellis:

    What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.

  5. Havelock Ellis:

    What we call 'Progress' is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.

Images & Illustrations of nuisance

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  • إزعاجArabic
  • obtížCzech
  • Belästigung, Ärgernis, Quälgeist, ÄrgerGerman
  • μπελάς, βάσανο, ενόχλησηGreek
  • estorbo, inconveniente, molestia, incomodidad, engorroSpanish
  • riesa, kiusankappale, kiusa, maanvaiva, harmiFinnish
  • nuisance, embêtementFrench
  • kellemetlenségHungarian
  • gangguan, orang rewelIndonesian
  • מטרדHebrew
  • 迷惑な人, 迷惑, 迷惑な物, 厄介者, [[迷惑]]な[[物]]Japanese
  • ಉಪದ್ರವKannada
  • 성가심, 불쾌함, 방해Korean
  • whakahōhā, pōreareaMāori
  • lastpost, overlastDutch
  • utrapieniec, utrapienie, zakłócenie porządku, uciążliwość, niedogodność, kłopotPolish
  • inadequado, distúrbio, inoportuno, incômodo, inconvenientePortuguese
  • ньюснс, неприя́тность, доса́да, поме́ха, неудо́бствоRussian
  • obehagSwedish
  • sıkıntıTurkish
  • پریشانیUrdu

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