Definition of annoyance in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈnɔɪəns/


[mass noun]
1The feeling or state of being annoyed; irritation: there was annoyance at government interference he turned his charm on Tara, much to Hegarty’s annoyance
More example sentences
  • Anger and annoyance at her came to me, as she just stood there, as if she had done nothing.
  • He expressed his annoyance at the council having to employ a consultant from Britain to advise them.
  • She keeps interrupting to express her annoyance at how unrealistic and ridiculous the rules are.
irritation, exasperation, vexation, indignation, anger, crossness, displeasure, chagrin, pique
informal aggravation
literary ire
1.1 [count noun] A thing that annoys someone; a nuisance: the Council found him an annoyance some people like to irritate us with trivial annoyances
More example sentences
  • Despite the many problems and annoyances, there were some bright spots to CMW, and these mostly came in the form of the performers.
  • Minor annoyances won't bother you so much because you're focused on the big picture.
  • The book contains more than fifty examples of innovative solutions or approaches to problems or annoyances that impact our lives.
nuisance, source of irritation, pest, bother, trial, irritant, inconvenience, menace, thorn in one's flesh
informal pain, pain in the neck, bind, bore, headache, hassle
Scottish informal nyaff, skelf
North American informal pain in the butt, nudnik, burr in/under someone's saddle
Australian informal fair cow
Australian/New Zealand informal nark
British vulgar slang pain in the arse


Late Middle English: from Old French anoiance, from anoier (see annoy).

Words that rhyme with annoyance

clairvoyance, flamboyance

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