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a person or thing that ; nuisance:
Unwanted visitors are an annoyance.
an act or instance of .
the feeling of being .
Contemporary Examples

Richard Porton talks to him about why Obama has “failed” and why Herman Cain is “an annoyance.”
Belafonte’s Activist Life Richard Porton October 15, 2011

“At first this was an annoyance,” Forstmann told The Daily Beast in his first public remarks on this feud.
Ted Forstmann Lets Rip Charlie Gasparino October 18, 2010

She then expressed her annoyance that the leader of the Oklahoma mosque where Nolan had worshipped refused to appear on her show.
Megyn Kelly’s Really Scary Muslim Dean Obeidallah October 4, 2014

For those watching in person, his show of annoyance seemed a minor detail, not part of the debate itself.
Mitt Romney Rocked His Speech—Inside the Republican Convention Bubble Lauren Ashburn August 31, 2012

He sits down on the pavement and kicks his feet, as if in annoyance.
The Best Scenes From Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’ Screenplay Thomas Flynn October 26, 2013

Historical Examples

Sometimes poisons are administered, not for the purpose of destroying life, but of causing some slight injury or annoyance.
Memoranda on Poisons Thomas Hawkes Tanner

Illogically, he felt it was all Bill’s fault that he must endure this annoyance.
Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

This was much to the annoyance of Callie, the impatient chambermaid, who wanted to get her work done.
The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells

He bit his lip in his annoyance, shivering with a presentiment.
The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance

In spite of his smile she saw that there was a tinge of annoyance in the look he fixed upon her.
The Wheel of Life Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow

the feeling of being annoyed
the act of annoying
a person or thing that annoys

late 14c., “act of annoying,” from Old French enoiance “ill-humor, irritation,” from anuiant, present participle of anuier “to be troublesome, annoy, harass” (see annoy). Meaning “state of being annoyed” is from c.1500. Earlier, annoying was used in the sense of “act of offending” (c.1300), and a noun annoy (c.1200) in a sense “feeling of irritation, displeasure, distaste.”


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