Definition of annoy in English:



  • 1Irritate (someone); make (someone) a little angry.

    ‘your damned cheerfulness has always annoyed me’
    no object ‘rock music loud enough to annoy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not only is it exhausting to be in a state of near-perpetual anger, but it's unhealthy, and it annoys other people.’
    • ‘Clichéd, stereotypical tales of the relative strengths of men and women always annoy me.’
    • ‘It annoys me that good always seems to prevail over evil in books, movies, TV, and life in general.’
    • ‘But what annoys me is people who take volunteering for granted, who take me for granted.’
    • ‘Sometimes my view of taxes being necessary annoys a few people who see them selves paying for something they don't use.’
    • ‘O'Connor later admitted all the jokes upset him: "You have to put on a brave face but it annoys you."’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lack of the advertised guided tours at Versailles annoyed me.’
    • ‘The lack of information is what creates the chaos and annoys people.’
    • ‘Here's a tip: if listening to other people talk annoys you, don't hang out in public places.’
    • ‘It is up to him as to whether he wants to annoy 51 % of the population.’
    • ‘This song annoyed me the very minute I first heard it.’
    • ‘What annoyed us was the attitude of the staff.’
    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
    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
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    1. 1.1archaic 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’.