Definition of annoyance in English:

annoyance

noun

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’
    • ‘She keeps interrupting to express her annoyance at how unrealistic and ridiculous the rules are.’
    • ‘He also had a distinct air of annoyance at being given such a useless job.’
    • ‘His usual good humored expression had dissolved into one of annoyance and displeasure.’
    • ‘He expressed his annoyance at the council having to employ a consultant from Britain to advise them.’
    • ‘It appears that I'm not alone in my annoyance at not being able to vote in Trinidad.’
    • ‘Anger and annoyance at her came to me, as she just stood there, as if she had done nothing.’
    • ‘I certainly understood her dislike of her classmates and her annoyance at their naivety.’
    • ‘I caught a look in his eyes as he glanced at me that was somewhere between annoyance and anger.’
    • ‘Looking around, she saw to her annoyance and anger that Kathryn had placed her between Claudia and Matthew.’
    • ‘Fidgeting in annoyance at his guest, David couldn't help himself when he spoke up in an aggravated tone.’
    • ‘Congress Ticket holders have expressed their annoyance at the new charges.’
    • ‘When he did talk it was a gentle, whispered tone, no aggression or annoyance.’
    • ‘He started to walk away in annoyance at being ignored when Tara struck back.’
    • ‘There is an instant change from mild anger and heavy annoyance to startled astonishment and disbelief.’
    • ‘A number of students have expressed their annoyance at receiving the letter.’
    • ‘Max burned with annoyance at the use of her real name, and with anger at the remark itself.’
    • ‘I saw her shock, then shock turned into annoyance, and annoyance turned into anger.’
    • ‘He could feel his cheeks becoming the slightest shade of pink from anger and annoyance.’
    • ‘Skylar narrowed his eyes in annoyance at the other teen's abrupt behaviour.’
    • ‘Many people present expressed their annoyance at disruptions caused by street traders.’
    irritation, exasperation, vexation, indignation, anger, crossness, displeasure, chagrin, pique
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    1. 1.1count noun A thing that annoys someone; a nuisance.
      ‘the Council found him an annoyance’
      ‘some people like to irritate us with trivial annoyances’
      • ‘Whether it's tailgaters or cell phone talkers, life is filled with little annoyances which can add up to big headaches.’
      • ‘Staff leaving straight after a training programme, nonsense faxes and cold calls from energy companies are the top three annoyances for small business in Bolton.’
      • ‘She's also noticed that she functions better under stress and is less likely to get caught up in the little annoyances.’
      • ‘These visual flaws are mainly annoyances and only a real problem in Episode One.’
      • ‘Blogspot has no pop-up ads or other annoyances currently.’
      • ‘Every aspect of its design is so accomplished and smoothly ergonomic that you barely notice the car is there, and drive with an enjoyment unencumbered by quirks or annoyances.’
      • ‘Minor annoyances won't bother you so much because you're focused on the big picture.’
      • ‘What other city has so many amenities, yet so little of the annoyances that make bigger cities maddening?’
      • ‘It's up to you to not let minor annoyances become all-encompassing drama.’
      • ‘Further annoyances included his twitchy foot which he kept pounding excitedly against the floor next to my foot, and occasionally on top of it.’
      • ‘Despite the many problems and annoyances, there were some bright spots to CMW, and these mostly came in the form of the performers.’
      • ‘This tribe, picked by the female first grade teacher, was excellent - save for a few minor annoyances.’
      • ‘I complain to God, or whoever else will listen, about the annoyances, the difficulties, the strains.’
      • ‘What's really going on here is more than annoyances over a missed transfer or frazzled nerves over an abrupt stop during rush hour.’
      • ‘One of the many pettifogging annoyances of being a chap is the complete inability to explain how one would like one's hair cut.’
      • ‘The book contains more than fifty examples of innovative solutions or approaches to problems or annoyances that impact our lives.’
      • ‘I also talked to Shawn about minor annoyances, and whether or not it was fair of me to be annoyed by them.’
      • ‘It's telling that car alarms have become mere annoyances rather than effective tools to prevent crime.’
      • ‘Smaller annoyances included hanging doors the wrong way and putting light switches in the wrong place.’
      • ‘Rising prices are annoyances, but have to be seen in perspective.’
      nuisance, source of irritation, pest, bother, trial, irritant, inconvenience, menace, thorn in one's flesh
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

annoyance

/əˈnɔɪəns/