Annoy

  • 1 Annoy — An*noy ([a^]n*noi ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Annoyed} ([a^]n*noid ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Annoying}.] [OE. anoien, anuien, OF. anoier, anuier, F. ennuyer, fr. OF. anoi, anui, enui, annoyance, vexation, F. ennui. See {Annoy}, n.] To disturb or irritate,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 annoy — vb 1 Annoy, vex, irk, bother mean to disturb and nervously upset a person. Annoy stresses loss of equanimity or patience as a result of being forced to endure something that one finds obnoxious or offensive or sometimes merely displeasing or… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Annoy — An*noy , n. [OE. anoi, anui, OF. anoi, anui, enui, fr. L. in odio hatred (esse alicui in odio, Cic.). See {Ennui}, {Odium}, {Noisome}, {Noy}.] A feeling of discomfort or vexation caused by what one dislikes; also, whatever causes such a feeling;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 annoy — [ə noi′] vt. [ME anoien < OFr anoier < VL inodiare < in odio habere (or esse), to have (or be) in hate: see ODIUM] 1. to irritate, bother, or make somewhat angry, as by a repeated action, noise, etc. 2. to harm by repeated attacks;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 annoy — I verb acerbate, affront, aggravate, badger, bedevil, bother, chafe, cross, discommode, discompose, displease, disquiet, distress, disturb, enrage, exasperate, fester, fret, gall, get on the nerves of, grate, grieve, harass, harm, harry, heckle,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 annoy — (v.) late 13c., from Anglo Fr. anuier, O.Fr. enoiier, anuier to weary, vex, anger; be troublesome or irksome to, from L.L. inodiare make loathsome, from L. (esse) in odio (it is to me) hateful, ablative of odium hatred (see ODIUM (Cf. odium)).… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 annoy — [v] irritate, upset abrade, agitate, ask for it*, badger, be at*, bedevil, beleaguer, be on the back of*, bore, bother, break, bug, burn up, chafe, displease, distress, disturb, egg on*, exasperate, fire up*, gall, get, gnaw, harass, harry, heat… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 annoy — ► VERB 1) make slightly angry. 2) pester or harass. 3) archaic harm or attack repeatedly. DERIVATIVES annoyance noun annoyed adjective annoying adjective. ORIGIN Old French anoier, from Latin …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 annoy — verb ADVERB ▪ intensely, really ▪ His air of calm superiority annoyed her intensely. ▪ It really annoys me when people forget to say thank you. VERB + ANNOY ▪ be beginning to …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 annoy — 1. verb a) 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. b) To do something to upset or anger someone; to be… …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 annoy — verb Etymology: Middle English anoien, from Anglo French anuier, ennoier, from Late Latin inodiare to make loathsome, from Latin in + odium hatred more at odium Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to disturb or …

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  • 12 annoy — v. 1) to annoy greatly, very much 2) (R) it annoyed me to be kept waiting so long; it annoyed us that they took so long to answer * * * [ə nɔɪ] it annoyed us that they took so long to answer very much (R) it annoyed me to be kept waiting so long… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 annoy */*/ — UK [əˈnɔɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms annoy : present tense I/you/we/they annoy he/she/it annoys present participle annoying past tense annoyed past participle annoyed to make someone feel slightly angry or impatient I don t dislike her,… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 annoy — See aggravate. See aggravate, annoy, irritate …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 15 annoy — 01. It really [annoys] me when you change the television channel every five minutes. 02. That buzzing sound from the refrigerator is really [annoying]. 03. The noise of the lawnmower was an [annoyance] that kept me from being able to really… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 annoy — [13] Annoy comes ultimately from the Latin phrase in odiō, literally ‘in hatred’, hence ‘odious’ (odiō was the ablative sense of odium, from which English got odious [14] and odium [17]). The phrase was turned into a verb in later Latin –… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 annoy — [[t]ənɔ͟ɪ[/t]] annoys, annoying, annoyed VERB If someone or something annoys you, it makes you fairly angry and impatient. → See also , annoying [V n] Try making a note of the things which annoy you... [it V n …

    English dictionary

  • 18 annoy — [13] Annoy comes ultimately from the Latin phrase in odiō, literally ‘in hatred’, hence ‘odious’ (odiō was the ablative sense of odium, from which English got odious [14] and odium [17]). The phrase was turned into a verb in later Latin –… …

    Word origins

  • 19 annoy — annoyer, n. /euh noy /, v.t. 1. to disturb or bother (a person) in a way that displeases, troubles, or slightly irritates. 2. to molest; harm. v.i. 3. to be bothersome or troublesome. n. 4. Archaic. an annoyance. [1250 1300; (v.) ME an(n)oien,… …

    Universalium

  • 20 annoy — Synonyms and related words: abrade, agent provocateur, aggravate, agitate, amplify, arouse, augment, awake, awaken, badger, bait, be at, bedevil, beleaguer, beset, blow the coals, blow up, bother, bristle, brown off, bug, build up, bullyrag, burn …

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