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annoy

Syllabification: an·noy
Pronunciation: /əˈnoi
 
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Definition of annoy in English:

verb

[with object]
1Irritate (someone); make (someone) a little angry: your damned cheerfulness has always annoyed me [no object]: rock music loud enough to annoy
More example sentences
  • I accepted the decision - what annoyed me most was how no one had the decency to say thanks for what I'd done for the club.
  • This song annoyed me the very minute I first heard it.
  • It is up to him as to whether he wants to annoy 51 % of the population.
Synonyms
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, rankle
irritated, cross, angry, vexed, exasperated, irked, piqued, displeased, put out, disgruntled, chagrined, nettled, in a bad mood, in a temper
informal aggravated, peeved, miffed, riled
teed off, ticked off, sore, bent out of shape
1.1 archaic Harm or attack repeatedly: a gallant Saxon, who annoyed this Coast

Origin

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'.

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  • Annoy originally has a much stronger sense than the modern one. It came into English from Old French anoier, but was based on Latin in odio, from the phrase mihi in odio est, ‘it is hateful to me’.

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