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Partly aphetic form of annoy, partly directly from Anglo-Norman noier, nuier.



noy (third-person singular simple present noys, present participle noying, simple past and past participle noyed)

  1. (now rare, dialectal) To annoy; to harm or injure. [from 14th c.]
    • c. 1385, William Langland, Piers Plowman, II:
      That is Mede þe Mayde quod she · hath noyed me ful oft / And ylakked my lemman.
    • Spenser
      All that noyed his heavy spright.
    • c. 1385, William Langland, Piers Plowman, II:
      "In Normandie was he noght
      Noyed for my sake;
      Ac thow thiself soothly
      Shamedest hym ofte,
      Crope into a cabane1740
      For cold of thi nayles,
      Wendest that wynter
      Wolde han y-lasted evere,
      And dreddest to be ded
      For a dym cloude,
      And hyedest homward
      For hunger of thi wombe."



  1. (obsolete) annoyance

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for noy in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)