- such remarks never failed to annoy himirritate, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, put out, displease, get/put someone's back up, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles; enrage, infuriate, madden, make someone's blood boil, drive to distraction, goad, provokesuch remarks never failed to annoy him• informal aggravate, peeve, hassle, miff, rile, nettle, needle, get, get to, bug, hack off, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, put someone's nose out of joint, get someone's goat, give someone the hump, rattle someone's cage, drive mad/crazy, drive round the bend/twist, drive up the wall, make someone see red• vulgar slang piss offBritish • vulgar slang get on someone's tits• rare exacerbate, hump, rasp[Antonyms] please gratify
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annoy, irritate, aggravate, vex, peeve
Someone or something that annoys a person displeases them and makes them moderately angry ( his tone of joking superiority annoyed me ).Irritate suggests a trifling but long-lasting cause of annoyance ( nothing irritated him more than to be kept waiting ).Some people believe that aggravate is properly used to mean only ‘make worse’, but the sense ‘annoy or exasperate’ is widespread and represents no greater a departure from an older meaning than many others that have long been accepted without comment. An action that aggravates someone else is quite often deliberate or at least easily avoidable ( he hummed under his breath, which aggravated her ).Vex is a more formal or literary word used of something that irritates or worries someone, especially when they are unable to do anything about it ( I'm vexed at that girl—she ruined Christmas for the family ).Peeve is an informal word, generally used when someone feels that they have been unfairly treated ( Birkitt was looking distinctly peeved, aware that Banks had upstaged him ). It generally expresses relatively mild annoyance.All these words, apart from peeve, are widely used as adjectives ( it's so irritating having to constantly stop and put your kagoul on etc. ).