Definition of annoy verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    annoy

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈnɔɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈnɔɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they annoy
    BrE BrE//əˈnɔɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈnɔɪ//
     
    he / she / it annoys
    BrE BrE//əˈnɔɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈnɔɪz//
     
    past simple annoyed
    BrE BrE//əˈnɔɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈnɔɪd//
     
    past participle annoyed
    BrE BrE//əˈnɔɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈnɔɪd//
     
    -ing form annoying
    BrE BrE//əˈnɔɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈnɔɪɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1  to make somebody slightly angry synonym irritate annoy somebody His constant joking was beginning to annoy her. it annoys somebody when… It really annoys me when people forget to say thank you. I’m sure she does it just to annoy me. annoy somebody to do something It annoys me to see him getting ahead of me. See related entries: Anger
  2. 2  annoy somebody to make somebody uncomfortable or unable to relax synonym bother He swatted a fly that was annoying him.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘be hateful to’): from Old French anoier (verb), anoi (noun), based on Latin in odio in the phrase mihi in odio est ‘it is hateful to me’.Extra examples I only stay out late to annoy my parents. The wasps were beginning to annoy me. I’m sure she does it just to annoy me. It annoys me to see him getting ahead of me.
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