Annoy meaning

ə-noi'
The definition of annoy means to irritate or disturb.

An example of annoy is to repeatedly poke someone in the arm.

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To cause irritation to (another); make somewhat angry.
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To harass or disturb by repeated attacks.
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To harm by repeated attacks; harry; molest.
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To irritate, bother, or make somewhat angry, as by a repeated action, noise, etc.
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To be annoying.
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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.

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(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.

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To molest; to harm; to injure.

To annoy an army by impeding its march, or by a cannonade.

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(now rare, literary) A feeling of discomfort or vexation caused by what one dislikes.
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(now rare, literary) That which causes such a feeling.
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Origin of annoy

  • Middle English anoien from Old French anoier, ennuyer from Vulgar Latin inodiāre to make odious from Latin in odiō odious in in in–2 odiō ablative of odium hatred od- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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).
    From Wiktionary