Definition of annoy in English:



  • 1Make (someone) a little angry; irritate:

    ‘the decision really annoyed him’
    ‘your damned cheerfulness has always annoyed me’
    • ‘If you go around incessantly spreading goodwill, you'll just annoy people.’
    • ‘It's a minor quibble to be sure, but one that annoyed me nonetheless.’
    • ‘What annoyed us was the attitude of the staff.’
    • ‘This song annoyed me the very minute I first heard it.’
    • ‘Bad service loses people business and annoys customers - and customers need to feel that they are getting good service in order to cough up for it.’
    • ‘But what annoys me is people who take volunteering for granted, who take me for granted.’
    • ‘Clichéd, stereotypical tales of the relative strengths of men and women always annoy me.’
    • ‘Not only is it exhausting to be in a state of near-perpetual anger, but it's unhealthy, and it annoys other people.’
    • ‘It annoys me that good always seems to prevail over evil in books, movies, TV, and life in general.’
    • ‘It is up to him as to whether he wants to annoy 51 % of the population.’
    • ‘When I was young my father used to annoy me by saying that I would have to work much harder than my peers to succeed.’
    • ‘I accepted the decision - what annoyed me most was how no one had the decency to say thanks for what I'd done for the club.’
    • ‘Sometimes my view of taxes being necessary annoys a few people who see them selves paying for something they don't use.’
    • ‘Here's a tip: if listening to other people talk annoys you, don't hang out in public places.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘O'Connor later admitted all the jokes upset him: "You have to put on a brave face but it annoys you."’
    • ‘The lack of information is what creates the chaos and annoys people.’
    • ‘The lack of the advertised guided tours at Versailles annoyed me.’
    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
    furious, irate, infuriated, incensed, enraged, wrathful, choleric
    aggravated, peeved, nettled, miffed, miffy, mad, riled, hacked off, peed off, hot under the collar, foaming at the mouth
    browned off, cheesed off, brassed off, not best pleased, narked, ratty, shirty, eggy
    teed off, ticked off, sore, bent out of shape
    snaky, crook
    pissed off
    irritate, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, put out, displease, get someone's back up, 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, provoke
    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 crazy, drive mad, drive round the bend, drive round the twist, drive up the wall, make someone see red
    wind up, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
    tee off, tick off, burn up, rankle, ride, gravel, bum out
    piss off
    get on someone's tits
    give someone the pip, get someone's dander up
    exacerbate, hump, rasp
    snuffy, wrath
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  • 2archaic Harm or attack repeatedly:

    ‘a gallant Saxon, who annoyed this Coast’


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.