- 1A person or thing causing inconvenience or annoyance: it’s a nuisance having all those people clomping through the house I hope you’re not going to make a nuisance of yourselfMore example sentences
source of annoyance/irritation, annoyance, inconvenience, bore, bother, irritant, problem, difficulty, trouble, trial, burden; pest, plague, thorn in one's side/flesh• informal pain, pain in the neck, pain in the backside, headache, hassle, bind, drag, aggravation, menaceNorth American • informal pain in the butt, nudnik, burr under/in someone's saddleAustralian/New Zealand • informal narkBritish • vulgar slang pain in the arseBritish • informal , • dated blister• rare infliction
- 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.
- 1.1 Law An act which is harmful or offensive to the public or a member of it and for which there is a legal remedy. See also private nuisance, public nuisance.More example sentences
- The courts tend to approach the question of the existence of a nuisance, whether public or private, as a question of fact.
- What constitutes a statutory nuisance is carefully defined in section 79 and so too are numerous exceptions.
- Picketing accompanied by violence, or even merely noise, may be a private nuisance.
late Middle English (in the sense 'injury, hurt'): from Old French, 'hurt', from the verb nuire, from Latin nocere 'to harm'.