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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ She felt a needle of annoyance goading her to retaliate.
▪ I like to stay up late most nights, much to the annoyance of my girlfriend.
▪ It's such an annoyance to have to drive you everywhere.
▪ Smoking is a tremendous annoyance to non-smokers.
▪ The meetings were held in secret, much to the annoyance of some members of Congress.
▪ Added to this is the vibration caused by heavy goods vehicles and the annoyance of air traffic suffered by all city dwellers.
▪ He looked at me with curiosity and annoyance.
▪ My annoyance with Michelle was gone.
▪ Serena is torn between her sisterly love and her annoyance with Stella's aggressive insecurity.
▪ Small problems can be major annoyances on a long trip.
▪ Some are oversensitive, which leads to annoyance and casts doubt on readings which might not be inaccurate.
▪ This quilt is an annoyance, requiring two steps for what should be a one-step process.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Annoyance \An*noy"ance\, n. [OF. anoiance, anuiance.]

  1. The act of annoying, or the state of being annoyed; molestation; vexation; annoy.

    A deep clay, giving much annoyance to passengers.

    For the further annoyance and terror of any besieged place, they would throw into it dead bodies.

  2. That which annoys.

    A grain, a dust, a gnat, a wandering hair, Any annoyance in that precious sense.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "act of annoying," from Old French enoiance "ill-humor, irritation," from anuiant, present participle of anuier "to be troublesome, annoy, harass" (see annoy). Meaning "state of being annoyed" is from c.1500. Earlier, annoying was used in the sense of "act of offending" (c.1300), and a noun annoy (c.1200) in a sense "feeling of irritation, displeasure, distaste."


n. 1 (context countable English) That which annoys. 2 (context countable English) An act or instance of annoying. 3 (context uncountable English) The psychological state of being annoyed or irritated.

  1. n. the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed [syn: irritation, vexation, botheration]

  2. anger produced by some annoying irritation [syn: chafe, vexation]

  3. an unpleasant person who is annoying or exasperating [syn: aggravator]

  4. something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness; "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer"; "a bit of a bother"; "he's not a friend, he's an infliction" [syn: bother, botheration, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass]

  5. the act of troubling or annoying someone [syn: annoying, irritation, vexation]


Annoyance is an unpleasant mental state that is characterized by such effects as irritation and distraction from one's conscious thinking. It can lead to emotions such as frustration and anger. The property of being easily annoyed is called irritability.

Usage examples of "annoyance".

This time Colbert seemed to walk in concert with the bishop of Vannes, and had he received for every annoyance which he inflicted on the king a word of direction from Aramis, he could not have done better.

All I would do was annoy Sir Umbrage, who was already in an apprehensive enough mood, and the other knights and squires in the company who seemed to regard my presence as something of an aberration at best, an annoyance at worst.

Radiating annoyance, Gerard was cleaning his spectacles with his handkerchief in a way that could only be described as aggressive.

Nicholas sighed in annoyance and looked at the Capidaran man standing in the stairwell, who smiled apologetically and made a helpless gesture.

Tremaine thought, watching his whole body stiffen with annoyance, more mad at herself than him.

Her palms had sweated onto the cloth cover of the book and she set it aside, wiping her hands off on her pants, swearing in annoyance as she realized she was trembling.

Tremaine let her breath out in annoyance, exchanged a jaundiced look with Gerard, and followed.

Ensign Gage burst into the room, her expression warring between annoyance and chagrin.

A sultry voice, tinged with annoyance, made all heads swivel to the open door way.

Quickly and with the strength of my annoyance did I use the haft portion of the spear to rap sharply at the shin of first Ceralt and then Mehrayn, ending their exchange and sending them back from each other with yelps of pain.

Her thoughts had already resubmerged her in private considerations, therefore did she see naught of the annoyance which surely flared within me.

Aysayn as I did no more than bring the insulted annoyance of my gaze back to a Galiose who saw naught of it.

Briefly did he look upon me with annoyance, and then he turned to Aysayn.

Though Chaldrin followed me, he, too, at times sought to command me to the path he considered best, an annoyance I found difficult to bear just then.

Also I felt an undeniable attraction to this male that caused me only annoyance and bewilderment.