annoy


annoy
annoy vb 1 Annoy, vex, irk, bother mean to disturb and nervously upset a person.
Annoy stresses loss of equanimity or patience as a result of being forced to endure something that one finds obnoxious or offensive or sometimes merely displeasing or distasteful. It seldom implies more than a temporary disturbance or display of irritation
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Richard’s absence annoyed him. The youth was vivacious, and his enthusiasm good fun— Meredith

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it was . . . his lack of the ghost of a notion what anyone else was feeling that annoyed her, had always annoyed her— Woolf

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Vex usually implies greater provocation and a stronger disturbance than annoy; it often connotes a degree of anger but at other times it suggests deep perplexity or some worry
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faulty translation that so vexes teachers— Grandgent

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pointlessly vexing their minds with insoluble problems

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Mr. Darcy’s behavior astonished and vexed her. “Why, if he came only to be silent, grave, and indifferent, ” said she, “did he come at all? ”— Austen

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such petty details as now vexed the brooding soul of the old gentlewoman— Hawthorne

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Irk emphasizes difficulty in enduring and resulting weariness of spirit; it is most often used in reference to something that persists or recurs annoyingly
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the speed and the clatter irk meannoyKipling

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the overiterated becomes the monotonous, and the monotonous irks and bores— Lowes

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Bother implies a usually mild interference with one’s comfort or peace of mind such as may arise on the one hand from something that calls for activity or effort or on the other from something that excites, puzzles, worries, concerns, or confuses
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the sight of him bothered her and set her heart beating faster

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he would be too accessible and excessively bothered with details and complaints— Crozier

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let dozens of little matters go, rather than bother myself— Bennett

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I am not really bothered by these questions—the hoary old puzzles of ethics and philosophy— L. P. Smith

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Analogous words: *irritate, nettle, aggravate, exasperate, rile: perturb, disturb, upset, agitate (see DISCOMPOSE)
Antonyms: soothe
Contrasted words: *comfort, solace, console: *please, gratify, tickle
2 *worry, pester, plague, tantalize, tease, harass, harry
Analogous words: fret, chafe (see ABRADE): badger, hector, heckle, chivy, *bait: trouble (see INCONVENIENCE)
Contrasted words: *neglect, ignore, overlook: mollify, appease (see PACIFY)

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  • Annoy — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Annoy — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • annoy — [ə noi′] vt. [ME anoien < OFr anoier < VL inodiare < in odio habere (or esse), to have (or be) in hate: see ODIUM] 1. to irritate, bother, or make somewhat angry, as by a repeated action, noise, etc. 2. to harm by repeated attacks;… …   English World dictionary

  • annoy — I verb acerbate, affront, aggravate, badger, bedevil, bother, chafe, cross, discommode, discompose, displease, disquiet, distress, disturb, enrage, exasperate, fester, fret, gall, get on the nerves of, grate, grieve, harass, harm, harry, heckle,… …   Law dictionary

  • annoy — (v.) late 13c., from Anglo Fr. anuier, O.Fr. enoiier, anuier to weary, vex, anger; be troublesome or irksome to, from L.L. inodiare make loathsome, from L. (esse) in odio (it is to me) hateful, ablative of odium hatred (see ODIUM (Cf. odium)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • annoy — [v] irritate, upset abrade, agitate, ask for it*, badger, be at*, bedevil, beleaguer, be on the back of*, bore, bother, break, bug, burn up, chafe, displease, distress, disturb, egg on*, exasperate, fire up*, gall, get, gnaw, harass, harry, heat… …   New thesaurus

  • annoy — ► VERB 1) make slightly angry. 2) pester or harass. 3) archaic harm or attack repeatedly. DERIVATIVES annoyance noun annoyed adjective annoying adjective. ORIGIN Old French anoier, from Latin …   English terms dictionary

  • annoy — verb ADVERB ▪ intensely, really ▪ His air of calm superiority annoyed her intensely. ▪ It really annoys me when people forget to say thank you. VERB + ANNOY ▪ be beginning to …   Collocations dictionary

  • annoy — 1. verb a) To disturb or irritate, especially by continued or repeated acts; to bother with unpleasant deeds. Marc loved his sister, but when she annoyed him he wanted to switch her off. b) To do something to upset or anger someone; to be… …   Wiktionary

  • annoy — verb Etymology: Middle English anoien, from Anglo French anuier, ennoier, from Late Latin inodiare to make loathsome, from Latin in + odium hatred more at odium Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to disturb or …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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