Nuisance Definition

no͝osəns, nyo͝o-
One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.
Having to stand in line was a nuisance. The disruptive child was a nuisance to the class.
American Heritage
An act, condition, thing, or person causing trouble, annoyance, or inconvenience.
Webster's New World
A use of one's property that causes danger or annoyance to others or that interferes with others using or enjoying their own property and that is subject to civil action.
Webster's New World
An ongoing act or a condition that interferes with another’s use or inhabitation of real property.
Webster's New World Law

(law) Anything harmful or offensive to the community or to a member of it, for which a legal remedy exists.

A public nuisance.

Other Word Forms of Nuisance



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 noceō (“I harm"))

    From Wiktionary

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