Definition of annoyance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈnɔɪəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈnɔɪəns//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the feeling of being slightly angry synonym irritation He could not conceal his annoyance at being interrupted. Much to our annoyance, they decided not to come after all. She stamped her foot in annoyance. His behaviour caused great annoyance to his colleagues. See related entries: Anger
  2. 2[countable] something that makes you slightly angry The delay is now shorter but still an annnoyance. petty annoyances and irritations
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French anoiance, from anoier (verb), anoi (noun), based on Latin in odio in the phrase mihi in odio est ‘it is hateful to me’.Extra examples A flicker of annoyance crossed his face. A leaking roof is just one of life’s petty annoyances! He felt a violent surge of annoyance. He had a look of mild annoyance on his face. He had been causing annoyance to the other guests. He shook his head in annoyance. He wore an expression of pure annoyance. Her cheeks flushed with annoyance. I dropped out of college, much to the annoyance of my parents. I felt some annoyance when he told me his plans. She rolled her eyes in mock annoyance. She tapped the table with her pen in obvious annoyance. She tried not to show her annoyance. her annoyance with him over his failure to cooperate Much to our annoyance, they decided not to come after all.
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