Having to stand in line was a nuisance. The disruptive child was a nuisance to the class.
An example of a nuisance is your nosy neighbor.
Origin of nuisance
- Middle English from Old French from nuire nuis- to harm from Vulgar Latin nocere from Latin nocēre nek-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Anglo-Norman nusaunce, nussance etc., from Old French nuisance, from nuisire (“to harm") (from Latin noceÅ (“I harm"))