Definition of annoyance in US English:

annoyance

noun

  • 1The feeling or state of being annoyed; irritation.

    ‘annoyance at government interference’
    ‘he turned his charm on Tara, much to Herbert's annoyance’
    ‘a look of annoyance on his face’
    • ‘It appears that I'm not alone in my annoyance at not being able to vote in Trinidad.’
    • ‘He started to walk away in annoyance at being ignored when Tara struck back.’
    • ‘Skylar narrowed his eyes in annoyance at the other teen's abrupt behaviour.’
    • ‘He expressed his annoyance at the council having to employ a consultant from Britain to advise them.’
    • ‘Congress Ticket holders have expressed their annoyance at the new charges.’
    • ‘I saw her shock, then shock turned into annoyance, and annoyance turned into anger.’
    • ‘When he did talk it was a gentle, whispered tone, no aggression or annoyance.’
    • ‘There is an instant change from mild anger and heavy annoyance to startled astonishment and disbelief.’
    • ‘I certainly understood her dislike of her classmates and her annoyance at their naivety.’
    • ‘Fidgeting in annoyance at his guest, David couldn't help himself when he spoke up in an aggravated tone.’
    • ‘Anger and annoyance at her came to me, as she just stood there, as if she had done nothing.’
    • ‘He could feel his cheeks becoming the slightest shade of pink from anger and annoyance.’
    • ‘Many people present expressed their annoyance at disruptions caused by street traders.’
    • ‘I caught a look in his eyes as he glanced at me that was somewhere between annoyance and anger.’
    • ‘He also had a distinct air of annoyance at being given such a useless job.’
    • ‘Max burned with annoyance at the use of her real name, and with anger at the remark itself.’
    • ‘She keeps interrupting to express her annoyance at how unrealistic and ridiculous the rules are.’
    • ‘Looking around, she saw to her annoyance and anger that Kathryn had placed her between Claudia and Matthew.’
    • ‘A number of students have expressed their annoyance at receiving the letter.’
    • ‘His usual good humored expression had dissolved into one of annoyance and displeasure.’
    irritation, exasperation, vexation, indignation, anger, crossness, displeasure, chagrin, pique
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    1. 1.1 A thing that annoys someone; a nuisance.
      ‘the Council found him an annoyance’
      • ‘It's telling that car alarms have become mere annoyances rather than effective tools to prevent crime.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What's really going on here is more than annoyances over a missed transfer or frazzled nerves over an abrupt stop during rush hour.’
      • ‘It's up to you to not let minor annoyances become all-encompassing drama.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These visual flaws are mainly annoyances and only a real problem in Episode One.’
      • ‘Smaller annoyances included hanging doors the wrong way and putting light switches in the wrong place.’
      • ‘Further annoyances included his twitchy foot which he kept pounding excitedly against the floor next to my foot, and occasionally on top of it.’
      • ‘Rising prices are annoyances, but have to be seen in perspective.’
      • ‘Despite the many problems and annoyances, there were some bright spots to CMW, and these mostly came in the form of the performers.’
      • ‘She's also noticed that she functions better under stress and is less likely to get caught up in the little annoyances.’
      • ‘I also talked to Shawn about minor annoyances, and whether or not it was fair of me to be annoyed by them.’
      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

/əˈnoiəns//əˈnɔɪəns/