Definition of annoy in English:

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annoy

Pronunciation: /əˈnɔɪ/

verb

[with object]
1Make (someone) a little angry; irritate: the decision really annoyed him your damned cheerfulness has always annoyed me
More example sentences
  • 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?
  • Clichéd, stereotypical tales of the relative strengths of men and women always annoy me.
  • It annoys me that good always seems to prevail over evil in books, movies, TV, and life in general.
Synonyms
British informal wind up, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
North American informal tee off, tick off, burn up, rankle, ride, gravel, bum out
New Zealand informal rark
vulgar slang piss off
British vulgar slang get on someone's tits
rare exacerbate, hump, rasp
irritated, cross, angry, vexed, exasperated, irked, piqued, displeased, put out, fed up, disgruntled, in a bad mood, in a temper, testy, in high dudgeon, huffy, in a huff, resentful, aggrieved;
North American informal teed off, ticked off, sore, bent out of shape
Australian/New Zealand informal snaky, crook
West Indian informal vex
vulgar slang pissed off
North American vulgar slang pissed
literary ireful
archaic snuffy, wrath
2 archaic Harm or attack repeatedly: a gallant Saxon, who annoyed this Coast

Derivatives

annoyer

Pronunciation: /əˈnɔɪə/
noun
Example sentences
  • We have a enough things to worry about without being tortured by evil lawyers and other professional annoyers!
  • With QuickTopic Pro you can also delete entire ranges of messages easily, and you can block the IP addresses of any persistent annoyers.
  • Once we get all those annoyers into prison and they start annoying their jailers, what them? Charge them with being annoying, fine them for being so annoying.

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’.

Words that rhyme with annoy

ahoy, alloy, Amoy, boy, buoy, cloy, coy, destroy, employ, enjoy, Hanoi, hoi polloi, hoy, Illinois, joy, koi, oi, ploy, poi, Roy, savoy, soy, tatsoi, toy, trompe l'œil, troy
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