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

     

    nuisance

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈnjuːsns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnuːsns//
     
    Describing annoying traits
     
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] a thing, person or situation that is annoying or causes trouble or problems I don't want to be a nuisance so tell me if you want to be alone. I hope you're not making a nuisance of yourself. It's a nuisance having to go back tomorrow. What a nuisance! See related entries: Describing annoying traits
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] (law) behaviour by somebody that annoys other people and that a court can order the person to stop He was charged with causing a public nuisance.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘injury, hurt’): from Old French, ‘hurt’, from the verb nuire, from Latin nocere ‘to harm’.Extra examples I don’t want to be a nuisance to you. It’s an awful nuisance having builders in the house all day. I don’t want to be a nuisance so tell me if you want to be alone. I hope you’re not making a nuisance of yourself. It’s a nuisance having to go back tomorrow. This new system is nothing but a nuisance.
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