annoy

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English anoyen, a borrowing from Anglo-Norman anuier, Old French enuier (to molest, harm, tire), from Late Latin inodiō (cause aversion, make hateful, verb), from the phrase in odiō (hated), from Latin odium (hatred). Doublet of ennui. Displaced native Old English dreċċan and gremman.

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  • IPA(key): /əˈnɔɪ/
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪ

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annoy (third-person singular simple present annoys, present participle annoying, simple past and past participle annoyed)

  1. (transitive) To disturb or irritate, especially by continued or repeated acts; to bother with unpleasant deeds.
    • 1691, Matthew Prior, Pastoral to Dr. Turner, Bishop of Ely
      Say, what can more our tortured souls annoy / Than to behold, admire, and lose our joy?
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist[1], volume 407, number 8837, page 74:
      In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result. If the bumf arrived electronically, the take-up rate was 0.1%. And for online adverts the “conversion” into sales was a minuscule 0.01%. That means about $165 billion was spent not on drumming up business, but on annoying people, creating landfill and cluttering spam filters.
    Marc loved his sister, but when she annoyed him he wanted to switch her off.
  2. (intransitive) To do something to upset or anger someone; to be troublesome.
  3. (transitive) To molest; to harm; to injure.
    to annoy an army by impeding its march, or by a cannonade

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annoy (plural annoys)

  1. (literary, archaic) A feeling of discomfort or vexation caused by what one dislikes.
  2. (literary, archaic) That which causes such a feeling.

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annoy

  1. Alternative form of anoy