annoyance

Definitions

  • Never get flustered or annoyed
    Never get flustered or annoyed
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n annoyance the act of troubling or annoying someone
    • n annoyance something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer","a bit of a bother","he's not a friend, he's an infliction"
    • n annoyance anger produced by some annoying irritation
    • n annoyance an unpleasant person who is annoying or exasperating
    • n annoyance the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
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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.
    • Annoyance That which annoys. "A grain, a dust, a gnat, a wandering hair,
      Any annoyance in that precious sense."
    • Annoyance The act of annoying, or the state of being annoyed; molestation; vexation; annoy. "A deep clay, giving much annoyance to passengers.""For the further annoyance and terror of any besieged place, they would throw into it dead bodies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n annoyance The act of annoying; vexation; molestation.
    • n annoyance The state of being annoyed; a feeling of trouble, vexation, or anger, occasioned by unwelcome or injurious acts or events.
    • n annoyance That which annoys, troubles, or molests.
    • n annoyance Synonyms Molestation, vexation.
    • n annoyance Discomfort, plague.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Annoyance that which annoys
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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.”
  • Frank Dane
    Frank%20Dane
    “Nothing annoys a woman more than to have company drop in unexpectedly and find the house looking as it usually does.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “It is annoying to be honest to no purpose.”
  • Robert K. Mueller
    Robert K. Mueller
    “Those who think they know it all are very annoying to those of us who do.”
  • Stephen Sondheim
    Stephen Sondheim
    “The concerts you enjoy together neighbors you annoy together children you destroy together that make marriage a joy”
  • Pietro Aretino
    Pietro Aretino
    “If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. anoiance, anuiance,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. anoier (It. annoiare); noun, anoi (mod. ennui), acc. to Diez from L. phrase, in odio, as in 'est mihi in odio' = 'it is to me hateful.'

Usage

In literature:

Lalage looked slightly annoyed.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
I was myself, most unwillingly, a cause of annoyance to Victoria, and a pretext for her repression.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
It seemed that he was slightly annoyed about something.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
They even tried to avoid annoying him by a too free use of the lawns and shrubberies.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
I wonder if it will annoy you?
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I must say, that I was much annoyed at this intelligence.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
Nor was De Tracy to be annoyed.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
It was not strange that the man seemed annoyed and ill at ease.
"Mary Louise Solves a Mystery" by L. Frank Baum
Why should it be always open to the old to annoy the young with impunity?
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
I had said many times that I was not a lad whom girls liked, and yet when Wilfred said it I was annoyed.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
This cost them some annoyances.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
He was annoyed at himself for being annoyed with this chit of a girl.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
I ask you to imagine my annoyance.
"Once on a Time" by A. A. Milne
Mr Wentworth shut the door violently with irrepressible vexation and annoyance when he encountered that glance.
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
He was immensely annoyed that they had come to him to discuss Lois after years of silence.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
But the street children resented the attitude of the two shabby little ladies, and were always watching for opportunities to annoy them.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
I was rather annoyed, sir, and I'm afraid I may have spoken rudely.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
That annoyed me, for I had just a little growing.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
It annoyed her to find he had that much power over her.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
She feels caught, hemmed in; she dreads her unexpected presence may annoy him.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
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In poetry:

O thoughtes! noe thoughtes but woundes,
Sometimes the seate of Joy
Sometimes the chaire of quiet rest
But nowe of all annoy.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
Nor shall dull age, as worldlings say,
The heavenward flame annoy:
The Saviour cannot pass away,
And with Him lives our joy.
"Second Sunday After Epiphany" by John Keble
When shall I see that glorious sight
Will all my sins destroy?
That Lord of love, that lamp of light,
Will banish all annoy?
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
In some hermit-tent, pitched lowly
Mid the tombs of prophets holy?
There to harry and annoy her
Roams the infidel destroyer.
"The Home of Peace" by Charles Harpur
"Within those deep and drearye woods
There wends a savage boy;
Whose fierce and mortal rage doth yield
Thy subjects dire annoy.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
"I'll ne'er annoy you more."
"Indeed?" replied the Jew;
"Shall I be freed?" "You will, indeed!"
Then "Done!" said he, "with you!"
"The Bishop and the Busman" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

To be honest, the initial reaction I had to the crowd assembled at Tech&Learning's Techforum keynote event last month in Palisades, NY, was annoyance.
Martin Singer's law firm shields celebrities from all kinds of annoyance, and is now a mainstay of Hollywood.
Maybe it's annoying to say it, but Local is old-school.
In the five days since its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union, the Moldavian republic has become a little annoyed with the world's failure to recognize it.
Sometimes we annoy each other just for fun.
Many gags are just annoying, but false AMBER alerts and the like.
Most online hoaxes are mildly annoying, and a few are hilarious.
More odd stuff, different things, bizarre tunes, annoying but catchy hooks, riffs that overstay their welcome, cheesy production, and anything that makes you feel slimy all over after you listen to it (but in the best possible way.
While hiccups are normally just an annoyance, persistent hiccups can be a sign of disease.
Hiccups are annoyingly hard to to get rid of.
The political rhetoric of the past weeks, burying us under numberless annoying robo-calls.
Common annoyances can become pretty distracting and beyond.
I used to watch a lot of TV medical shows, such as "ER" and "Grey's Anatomy," but lately I have given them up because they annoy me.
Lights too florescent and annoying bright.
If you want to annoy a physiologist, say something along the lines of "Boy, I can really feel the lactic acid in my legs from yesterday's workout".
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In science:

One annoying problem if d = 2 is that this bound cannot be used as the restrictions on ℓ, L are too tight to take δ > 1.
Random Field Induced Order in Low Dimension I
Actually, this is not often possible and one has to live with noise, but, on the other hand, random noise is not always so annoying as one might think intuitively.
The beneficial role of random strategies in social and financial systems
PSF tails are particularly annoying in our case as they make the average level of aperture contamination dependent on the star location.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
We would like to take E and E ′ to be C∞ , but this presents the technical annoyance of mixing ind-finite and pro-finite vector spaces, which we prefer to avoid. (3.3.6) Proposition.
Stability patterns in representation theory
The extra assumption in part (3) is annoying, but we don’t see an easy way to avoid it.
A Classification Theorem for Nuclear Purely Infinite Simple C*-Algebras
Perhaps the most annoying feature of the data is the persistent difference between the values of sin2 θef f measured at LEP and at SLC.
The Status of The Standard Model
The annoying necessity of dealing with both left and right coisotropic subgroups (which becomes rather involved adding considerations both on left and right corepresentations) disappear when considering the unitary side of the theory, which forces precise choices.
Induction of quantum group representations
Indeed, if quantum mechanics does fail near the Planck mass, as that is the mass scale Feynman is referring to here, then – at last – we can put the annoying problem of measurement to its final rest (see Figure 1 for the meanings of the constants G, ¯h, and c).
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
What could be simpler? If there are entries ms,t > 3 this still works, at least in principle, although there are a few annoyances that arise.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
Japanese friend had nervously asked him why our preface called him a “small, but loud and annoying insect”.
My Life with Fisher
Furthermore, inaccuracies in documentation are very worrisome to companies, because they can cause customers to become annoyed and consider switching to another supplier, and because they may result in a company being legally liable if customers misuse a product.
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation
At this point it seems instructive to comment on the essentially hydrodynamical features (compressible fluid/gas case)of the problem (25),where the ”pressure” term ∇Q is quite annoying from the traditional kinetic theory perspective[54,55] .
Natural boundaries for the Smoluchowski equation and affiliated diffusion processes
Non-uniqueness of solutions would be annoying although it may well be possible that this is a property of the real-world system.
The dynamics of iterated transportation simulations
The restriction to past-determined ob jects is annoying, as one wishes to consider spacetimes which are not past-determined; if there are “holes” in a spacetime, one still expects to be able to apply a causal boundary construction, hoping to fill in those holes.
Boundaries on Spacetimes: An Outline
Since this can become quite annoying when looking through older images, it can be turned off using the check-box on the far right.
Claude - An Automation Tool for the Monet Telescopes
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