annoy

annoy [ə noi′]
vt.
[ME anoien < OFr anoier < VL inodiare < in odio habere (or esse), to have (or be) in hate: see ODIUM]
1. to irritate, bother, or make somewhat angry, as by a repeated action, noise, etc.
2. to harm by repeated attacks; harry; molest
vi.
to be annoying
annoyer
n.
SYN.- ANNOY implies temporary disturbance of mind caused by something that displeases one or tries one's patience; VEX implies a more serious source of irritation and greater disturbance, often intense worry; IRK stresses a wearing down of one's patience by persistent annoyance; BOTHER implies minor disturbance of one's peace of mind and may suggest mild perplexity or anxiety; to TEASE is to annoy by persistent, irritating actions, remarks, etc.; PLAGUE suggests mental torment comparable to the physical suffering caused by an affliction
-ANT. COMFORT, SOOTHE

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  • Annoy — An*noy ([a^]n*noi ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Annoyed} ([a^]n*noid ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Annoying}.] [OE. anoien, anuien, OF. anoier, anuier, F. ennuyer, fr. OF. anoi, anui, enui, annoyance, vexation, F. ennui. See {Annoy}, n.] To disturb or irritate,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • annoy — vb 1 Annoy, vex, irk, bother mean to disturb and nervously upset a person. Annoy stresses loss of equanimity or patience as a result of being forced to endure something that one finds obnoxious or offensive or sometimes merely displeasing or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Annoy — An*noy , n. [OE. anoi, anui, OF. anoi, anui, enui, fr. L. in odio hatred (esse alicui in odio, Cic.). See {Ennui}, {Odium}, {Noisome}, {Noy}.] A feeling of discomfort or vexation caused by what one dislikes; also, whatever causes such a feeling;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • annoy — I verb acerbate, affront, aggravate, badger, bedevil, bother, chafe, cross, discommode, discompose, displease, disquiet, distress, disturb, enrage, exasperate, fester, fret, gall, get on the nerves of, grate, grieve, harass, harm, harry, heckle,… …   Law dictionary

  • annoy — (v.) late 13c., from Anglo Fr. anuier, O.Fr. enoiier, anuier to weary, vex, anger; be troublesome or irksome to, from L.L. inodiare make loathsome, from L. (esse) in odio (it is to me) hateful, ablative of odium hatred (see ODIUM (Cf. odium)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • annoy — [v] irritate, upset abrade, agitate, ask for it*, badger, be at*, bedevil, beleaguer, be on the back of*, bore, bother, break, bug, burn up, chafe, displease, distress, disturb, egg on*, exasperate, fire up*, gall, get, gnaw, harass, harry, heat… …   New thesaurus

  • annoy — ► VERB 1) make slightly angry. 2) pester or harass. 3) archaic harm or attack repeatedly. DERIVATIVES annoyance noun annoyed adjective annoying adjective. ORIGIN Old French anoier, from Latin …   English terms dictionary

  • annoy — verb ADVERB ▪ intensely, really ▪ His air of calm superiority annoyed her intensely. ▪ It really annoys me when people forget to say thank you. VERB + ANNOY ▪ be beginning to …   Collocations dictionary

  • annoy — 1. verb a) To disturb or irritate, especially by continued or repeated acts; to bother with unpleasant deeds. Marc loved his sister, but when she annoyed him he wanted to switch her off. b) To do something to upset or anger someone; to be… …   Wiktionary

  • annoy — verb Etymology: Middle English anoien, from Anglo French anuier, ennoier, from Late Latin inodiare to make loathsome, from Latin in + odium hatred more at odium Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to disturb or …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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