Definition of nuisance in English:

nuisance

noun

  • 1A person, thing, or circumstance causing inconvenience or annoyance.

    ‘I hope you're not going to make a nuisance of yourself’
    ‘an unreasonable landlord could become a nuisance’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mechanically-propelled ones with an engine make a noise, are a nuisance and are dangerous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They don't want to go along to annual general meetings and make a nuisance of themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In so doing they are creating a nuisance for residents, danger for themselves and a hazard for road users.’
    • ‘We are trying our best to stop this problem but it is a nuisance and an inconvenience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But those for whom enjoyment develops into aggression need to be weeded out before they can start to make a nuisance of themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bonfires are a general nuisance and serious problem for anyone with a respiratory condition such as asthma or emphysema.’
    • ‘The White House listens to these outraged voices but considers them more a nuisance than genuine problem.’
    • ‘Dogs are barred from many public places because they pose a serious hazard to health and can be a nuisance and danger.’
    • ‘However, normally these dumped items will be removed during the programmed cleaning schedule or earlier if they are creating a hazard or a nuisance.’
    • ‘Many felt it would be a nuisance and potentially dangerous.’
    • ‘The nuisance and bother that raises its head time and time again in Portlaoise did so again over the weekend.’
    source of annoyance, source of irritation, annoyance, inconvenience, bore, bother, irritant, problem, difficulty, trouble, trial, burden
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      • ‘It was contended on behalf of the defendant that that failure amounted also the torts of nuisance and trespass.’
      • ‘Under these laws, one may sue for nuisance, trespass, negligence, strict liability or product liability.’
      • ‘A second exception to the rule is where there is a continuing injury, such as a continuing nuisance or trespass to land.’
      • ‘But he does not have a cause of action in nuisance for his personal injury, nor for interference with his personal enjoyment.’
      • ‘The tort of nuisance is concerned with unlawful interference with the use or enjoyment of land.’
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘injury, hurt’): from Old French, ‘hurt’, from the verb nuire, from Latin nocere ‘to harm’.

Pronunciation

nuisance

/ˈn(y)o͞osəns//ˈn(j)usəns/