annoy

Definitions

  • Never get flustered or annoyed
    Never get flustered or annoyed
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v annoy cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me","It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: John Van Wormer invented paper milk cartons after dropping a bottle of milk one morning. The bottle broke spilling the milk everywhere. That annoyance was enough for Van Wormer to come up with the idea.
    • n Annoy A feeling of discomfort or vexation caused by what one dislikes; also, whatever causes such a feeling; as, to work annoy . "Worse than Tantalus' is her annoy ."
    • v. t Annoy ăn*noi" To disturb or irritate, especially by continued or repeated acts; to tease; to ruffle in mind; to vex; as, I was annoyed by his remarks. "Say, what can more our tortured souls annoy Than to behold, admire, and lose our joy?"
    • Annoy To molest, incommode, or harm; as, to annoy an army by impeding its march, or by a cannonade.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n annoy A disturbed state of feeling arising from displeasing acts or unpleasant circumstances; discomfort; vexation; trouble; annoyance.
    • n annoy A thing or circumstance that causes discomfort; an annoyance.
    • n annoy [Now chiefly poetic; the common word in prose is annoyance.]
    • annoy To be hateful or troublesome: followed by to.
    • annoy [By omission of reflexive pronoun.] To be troubled, disquieted, vexed.
    • annoy To be hateful, troublesome, or vexatious to; trouble, disquiet, disturb, vex, molest, harass, plague; irk, weary, bore, especially by repeated acts: as, to annoy a person by perpetual questioning; to annoy the enemy by raids: in the passive, followed by at or about, formerly by of.
    • annoy Synonyms Molest, Plague, etc. (see tease), trouble, disturb, disquiet, vex, irritate, fret, embarrass, perplex.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Annoy an-noi′ to trouble: to vex: to tease: to harm, esp. in military sense
    • pr.p Annoy annoy′ing; pa.p. annoyed′
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Quotations

  • Lewis Carroll
    Lewis%20Carroll
    “Speak roughly to your little boy, and beat him when he sneezes: he only does it to annoy, because he knows it teases.”
  • Marquis De Custine
    Marquis De Custine
    “What annoyances are more painful than those of which we cannot complain?”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “There is nothing so annoying as a good example!!”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”
  • Fred A. Allen
    Fred%20A.%20Allen
    “I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.”
  • Francois FeNelon
    Francois%20FeNelon
    “If we were faultless we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. anoien, anuien, OF. anoier, anuier, F. ennuyer, fr. OF. anoi, anui, enui, annoyance, vexation, F. ennui,. See Annoy (n.)

Usage

In literature:

These men annoyed him terribly.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Bird-study has other annoyances in that part of the world beside the human beings of whom I have spoken.
"In Nesting Time" by Olive Thorne Miller
Rondic made no remark, but seemed somewhat annoyed.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
At times they even annoyed him.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Many tribes of Indians and travellers suffer great annoyance from the vampire-bats.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
This was nothing at all extraordinary, for Betty gave notice whenever anything annoyed her.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
He was annoyed again.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The skin becomes dry, pale and muddy in color; has more or less annoying eruptions, and exhibits a jaundiced appearance.
"Intestinal Ills" by Alcinous Burton Jamison
He may easily provoke them so that they would do anything to annoy him.
"No Clue" by James Hay
He had no wish to annoy Fenley, or quarrel with the man's myrmidons.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
The banker was annoyed, vexed, angry.
"Make or Break" by Oliver Optic
The formal monotonous ticking of the Louis Quatorze clock annoyed him.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
I didn't mean to annoy you.
"The Chautauqua Girls At Home" by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
Debby was annoyed at herself in talking of family in the child's presence.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
We do not learn that he was at all annoyed by the delay.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Astonishment, mingled with a shade of annoyance, grew upon Febrer as the days passed.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Really it was very annoying.
"Fibble, D. D." by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
This neither amused nor annoyed her.
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
If you want anything, don't annoy yourself about it; I know what to do.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
All this was bewildering, made her feel stupid, and annoyed her.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
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In poetry:

Now dust and sun does every one
Most terribly annoy;
Complaints begun, soon every one
Elbows his neighbour boy.
"The Journey From School And To School" by Charles Lamb
What earthly thing can thee annoy?
He made the earth to be;
The waters cannot thee destroy,
Thy Husband made the sea.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
"Surrounded there by virtuous boys,
You'll suffer torture wus
Than that which constantly annoys
Disgraceful TANTALUS.
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
See old wild gladness
Tamed now and coy;
Grief that was madness
Turned into joy.
Fate cannot harry them now, nor annoy.
"Once As The Aureole" by Thomas Runciman
It is the high and holy place;
No moth can there annoy,
Nor make to fade that goodly grace
That saints shall there enjoy.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
She makes thee seek, yet fear to find
To find, but not enjoy:
In many frowns some gliding smiles
She yields to more annoy.
"Love's Servile Lot" by Robert Southwell

In news:

Yes, despite all of her annoying mispronunciations and her whining and whincing, Kail has lived to survive another day.
You probably know at least a couple of people who impress you — or more likely, annoy you — when they smugly announce in November each year that they have finished their holiday shopping.
There's nothing more annoying than a good advertising campaign.
These folks may be annoying, but for most of us, they are not really a problem.
Was Justin Long — the scruffy-faced Mac to John Hodgman's straitlaced PC in those ubiquitous Apple ads — ousted from his role simply because, as Radar and Gawker suggested the other day, he was an annoying dweeb.
On the other hand, if you think his immaturity is too annoying to handle, but you date him anyway, you'll end up resenting him more than you like him.
As attentive readers know, I get most annoyed when a "neighborhood" supervisor, who ran as a "neighborhood" candidate, gets to City Hall and then votes the Chamber of Commerce/big development line without gulping.
One of the most annoying parts of living in L.A. Is the continual barrage of people who live here and yet, for whatever reason, can't allow themselves to enjoy living here.
For the millions of United States women who have UI, the problem can range from mildly annoying to seriously interfering with daily life.
The most annoying claim in America's health-care debate.
Those of you who want to protect your home from possible annoyances and intrusions, never miss out on a home delivery, or always be aware of someone coming up your driveway - should invest in a wireless driveway alarm.
NORMAN — Three questions at Monday's news conference seemed to annoy Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops more than others.
Samantha Sutton, 12, whose dream is to be an archeologist, couldn't be more excited about joining her uncle Jay on a dig in the Andes Mountains of Peru, even if her annoying older brother, Evan, is coming along, too.
The Most Annoying Man on the Internet.
Needless to say, the drivers are getting annoyed at what they consider state-sanctioned harassment.
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In science:

The proliferation of summation signs is getting annoying.
chi^2 and Linear Fits
This is particularly annoying because the boundary conditions select the relevant dynamics of EFD in the oscillatory regime [159].
Photon-assisted transport in semiconductor nanostructures
It became clear that scientists do not have a widely accepted or clear definition of what a planet is, and both scientists and the public are confused (and sometimes annoyed) by its use in various contexts.
Planetesimals To Brown Dwarfs: What is a Planet?
They didn’t say which one (and if you attempt to tell us about identical particles you will discover that some of them can get more annoyed than others).
Astrophysics in 2006
So how much is that in drachma? Annoyingly, the article gives everything in HST apparent magnitudes, indicating nowhere what they think the distance to the cluster or the bolometric corrections might be.
Astrophysics in 2006
The low values of pmax and pmax/pcomp signal an unsatisfactory course of the process and are realized as negative emotions (annoyance, doubt): the corresponding information should not be taken too seriously.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
For example, pmax can be used as I for the emotion ”pleasure of understanding — annoyance of incomprehension” (accordingly, I0 is the typical value of pmax ensuring the satisfactory course of the process).
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
Secondly, even in such a small spreadsheet, an annoying amount of horizontal scrolling is needed before one can see all the formulae.
Ensuring Spreadsheet Integrity with Model Master
The complication of the minus sign, though slight in any given instance, is a constant annoyance to mathematicians.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?
There is vastly more we could say about the Aharonov-Bohm effect and related ideas, and anyone reading who is more familiar with the topic will likely be annoyed that we haven’t said more.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
Furthermore, an annoying limitation of Web of Science is the impossibility of retrieving all papers belonging to a specific sub ject category.
The skewness of computer science
This will likely cause frustration for the disabled player and boredom or even annoyance for the other players.
Evaluating Accessible Synchronous CMC Applications
Accessible interfaces for synchronous CMC applications should be designed in a way that minimizes frustration for the user with disabilities, and also minimizes boredom or even annoyance for the other users.
Evaluating Accessible Synchronous CMC Applications
As observed in [AS08a] by restricting the algorithm to make its decisions while not considering the size of the input, we can still test any (natural) property while at the same time avoid annoying technicalities.
A Unified Framework for Testing Linear-Invariant Properties
However, this small background from standard-model effects was coming to be seen as a plus before large mixing was observed (relative to B mesons where the standardmodel mixing is now seen as an annoying background to any signal for new physics).
CHARM 2010: Experiment Summary and Future Charm Facilities
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