- 1Irritate (someone); make (someone) a little angry: your damned cheerfulness has always annoyed me [no object]: rock music loud enough to annoyMore example sentences
irritate, vex, make angry/cross, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, put out, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, get to, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, nettle; rub the wrong way• informal aggravate, peeve, hassle, miff, rile, needle, frost, bug, get someone's goat, get someone's back up, get in someone's hair, give someone the gears, drive mad/crazy/bananas, drive around the bend, drive up the wall, tee off, tick off, burn up, rankleirritated, cross, angry, vexed, exasperated, irked, piqued, displeased, put out, disgruntled, chagrined, nettled, in a bad mood, in a temper• informal aggravated, peeved, miffed, riledteed off, ticked off, sore, bent out of shape
- If someone else is annoying you, and they have no idea what effect they are having on you, then what is the point in staying annoyed with them?
- It was downhill from there and I was annoyed at the way I was treated after that, and this is my chance to get my own back.
- When we boarded the bus, the driver was annoyed at us for not having tickets, even though it was not our fault.
Middle English (in the sense 'be hateful to'): from Old French anoier (verb), anoi (noun), based on Latin in odio in the phrase mihi in odio est 'it is hateful to me'.