Definition of nuisance in English:


Syllabification: nui·sance
Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞osəns


  • 1A person, thing, or circumstance causing inconvenience or annoyance: an unreasonable landlord could become a nuisance I hope you’re not going to make a nuisance of yourself
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    • If the newcomers wanted to make a go of it here and did not make a nuisance of themselves, they could be Australians.
    • They don't want to go along to annual general meetings and make a nuisance of themselves.
    • In return, they don't secede or otherwise make a nuisance of themselves.
    annoyance, inconvenience, bore, bother, irritation, problem, trouble, trial, burden; pest, plague, thorn in one's side/flesh
    informal pain, pain in the neck, hassle, bind, drag, chore, aggravation, headache, nudnik
  • 1.1 (also private nuisance) Law An unlawful interference with the use and enjoyment of a person’s land.
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    • The tort of nuisance is concerned with unlawful interference with the use or enjoyment of land.
    • A second exception to the rule is where there is a continuing injury, such as a continuing nuisance or trespass to land.
    • But he does not have a cause of action in nuisance for his personal injury, nor for interference with his personal enjoyment.
  • 1.2 Law see public nuisance.


late Middle English (in the sense 'injury, hurt'): from Old French, 'hurt', from the verb nuire, from Latin nocere 'to harm'.

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