- The definition of annoy means to irritate or disturb.
An example of annoy is to repeatedly poke someone in the arm.
- to irritate, bother, or make somewhat angry, as by a repeated action, noise, etc.
- to harm by repeated attacks; harry; molest
Origin of annoyMiddle English anoien ; from Old French anoier ; from Vulgar Latin inodiare ; from in odio habere (or esse), to have (or be) in hate: see odium
transitive verban·noyed, an·noy·ing, an·noys
- To cause irritation to (another); make somewhat angry.
- Archaic To harass or disturb by repeated attacks.
Origin of annoyMiddle English anoien, from Old French anoier, ennuyer, from Vulgar Latin *inodiāre, to make odious, from Latin in odiō, odious : in, in; see in–2 + odiō, ablative of odium, hatred; see od- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present annoys, present participle annoying, simple past and past participle annoyed)
- 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.
- (intransitive) To do something to upset or anger someone; to be troublesome.
- Connie liked to annoy her brother by using him as a leg rest.
- To molest; to harm; to injure.
- to annoy an army by impeding its march, or by a cannonade
From Middle English annoien, anoien, enoien, from Anglo-Norman anuier, Old French enuier (“to molest, harm, tire”), from Late Latin inodiō (“cause aversion, make hateful”, vb.), from the phrase in odiō (“hated”), from Latin odium (“hatred”). Displaced native Middle English grillen (“to annoy, irritate”), from Old English grillan (see grill).