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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.]
    • [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."]
    • 1580, Thomas Tusser, “74. A Digression.”, in Fiue Hundred Pointes of Good Husbandrie: [], imprinted at London: By Henrie Denham [beeing the assigne of William Seres] [], OCLC 837741850; republished as W[illiam] Payne and Sidney J[ohn Hervon] Herrtage, editors, Five Hundred Pointes of Good Husbandrie. [], London: Published for the English Dialect Society by Trübner & Co., [], 1878, OCLC 7391867535, stanza 4, page 166:
      Take heed to false harlots, and more, ye wot what. / If noise ye heare, / Looke all be cleare: / Least drabs doe noie thee, / And theeues destroie thee.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      All that noyed his heavy spright.

Alternative forms[edit]



  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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)




noy m (plural noys)

  1. Obsolete spelling of noi

Further reading[edit]

  • “noy” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.