One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 yourself’
source of annoyance, source of irritation, annoyance, inconvenience, bore, bother, irritant, problem, difficulty, trouble, trial, burdenView synonyms
- ‘It is no good merely viewing the young as a nuisance and a difficulty, especially when most of them are no such thing at all.’
- ‘In so doing they are creating a nuisance for residents, danger for themselves and a hazard for road users.’
- ‘Dogs are barred from many public places because they pose a serious hazard to health and can be a nuisance and danger.’
- ‘The mechanically-propelled ones with an engine make a noise, are a nuisance and are dangerous.’
- ‘As a result, ministers are going to great lengths to point out that the deer is a fine animal, and must not be viewed as a pest or a nuisance.’
- ‘Bonfires are a general nuisance and serious problem for anyone with a respiratory condition such as asthma or emphysema.’
- ‘They don't want to go along to annual general meetings and make a nuisance of themselves.’
- ‘The nuisance and bother that raises its head time and time again in Portlaoise did so again over the weekend.’
- ‘I live in Beckenham in an area populated by many foxes and, yes, they do sometimes make a nuisance of themselves.’
- ‘If the newcomers wanted to make a go of it here and did not make a nuisance of themselves, they could be Australians.’
- ‘We are trying our best to stop this problem but it is a nuisance and an inconvenience.’
- ‘The White House listens to these outraged voices but considers them more a nuisance than genuine problem.’
- ‘However, normally these dumped items will be removed during the programmed cleaning schedule or earlier if they are creating a hazard or a nuisance.’
- ‘In return, they don't secede or otherwise make a nuisance of themselves.’
- ‘To some of us the rain is merely a nuisance or an inconvenience.’
- ‘There are also some plants brought in because they had a perceived potential use as garden ornamentals, but which have turned out to be pests or nuisances.’
- ‘Many felt it would be a nuisance and potentially dangerous.’
- ‘But those for whom enjoyment develops into aggression need to be weeded out before they can start to make a nuisance of themselves.’
- 1.1Law An act which is harmful or offensive to the public or a member of it and for which there is a legal remedy.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Parents whose children cause a public nuisance are likely to receive a warning letter from the police.’
- ‘They range from minor noise nuisance, through to serious racial harassment and threats to kill.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘injury, hurt’): from Old French, ‘hurt’, from the verb nuire, from Latin nocere ‘to harm’.
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