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Meaning of ANNOY

Pronunciation:  u'noy

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

ANNOY is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
 See Also: antagonise, antagonize, beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, displease, eat into, fret, get, grate, harass, harry, hassle, molest, peeve, plague, provoke, rankle, ruffle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \An*noy"\ ([a^]n*noi"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Annoyed}
    ([a^]n*noid"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Annoying}.] [OE. anoien,
    anuien, OF. anoier, anuier, F. ennuyer, fr. OF. anoi, anui,
    enui, annoyance, vexation, F. ennui. See {Annoy}, n.]
    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?        --Prior.
    2. To molest, incommode, or harm; as, to annoy an army by
       impeding its march, or by a cannonade.
    Syn: To molest; vex; trouble; pester; embarrass; perplex;
  2. \An*noy"\, n. [OE. anoi, anui, OF. anoi, anui, enui, fr.
    L. in odio hatred (esse alicui in odio, Cic.). See {Ennui},
    {Odium}, {Noisome}, {Noy}.]
    A feeling of discomfort or vexation caused by what one
    dislikes; also, whatever causes such a feeling; as, to work
          Worse than Tantalus' is her annoy.       --Shak.
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