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
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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
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