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tr.v. an·noyed, an·noy·ing, an·noys
1. To cause irritation to (another); make somewhat angry.
2. Archaic To harass or disturb by repeated attacks.

[Middle English anoien, from Old French anoier, ennuyer, from Vulgar Latin *inodiāre, to make odious, from Latin in odiō, odious : in, in; see in-2 + odiō, ablative of odium, hatred; see od- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: annoy, irritate, bother, irk, vex, provoke, aggravate, peeve, rile
These verbs mean to disturb or trouble a person, evoking moderate anger. Annoy refers to mild disturbance caused by an act that tries one's patience: The sound of the printer annoyed me. Irritate is somewhat stronger: I was irritated by their constant interruptions. Bother implies imposition: In the end, his complaining just bothered the supervisor. Irk connotes a wearisome quality: The city council's inactivity irked the community. Vex applies to situations arousing irritation, frustration, or perplexity: They were vexed at having to wait so long for a response. This problem has vexed scientists for many years. Provoke implies strong and often deliberate incitement to anger: His behavior provoked me to reprimand the whole team. Aggravate is a less formal equivalent: "Threats only served to aggravate people in such cases" (William Makepeace Thackeray).
Peeve, also somewhat informal, suggests a querulous, resentful response to a mild disturbance: Your flippant answers peeved me. To rile is to upset and to stir up: It riled me to have to listen to such lies.


irritated or displeased


1. 'nervous'

If you are nervous, you are rather frightened about something that you are going to do or experience.

My daughter is nervous about starting school.
2. 'anxious'

If you are worried about something that might happen to someone else, don't say that you are 'nervous'. Say that you are anxious.

It's time to be going home – your mother will be anxious.
I had to deal with calls from anxious relatives.
3. 'irritated' and 'annoyed'

If something makes you angry and impatient because you cannot stop it continuing, don't say that it makes you 'nervous'. Say that you are irritated or annoyed by it.

Perhaps they were irritated by the sound of crying.
I was annoyed by his questions.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.annoyed - aroused to impatience or angerannoyed - aroused to impatience or anger; "made an irritated gesture"; "feeling nettled from the constant teasing"; "peeved about being left out"; "felt really pissed at her snootiness"; "riled no end by his lies"; "roiled by the delay"
displeased - not pleased; experiencing or manifesting displeasure
2.annoyed - troubled persistently especially with petty annoyancesannoyed - troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances; "harassed working mothers"; "a harried expression"; "her poor pestered father had to endure her constant interruptions"; "the vexed parents of an unruly teenager"
troubled - characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need; "troubled areas"; "fell into a troubled sleep"; "a troubled expression"; "troubled teenagers"


adjective irritated, bothered, pissed (taboo slang), harassed, hassled (informal), aggravated (informal), maddened, ruffled, exasperated, nettled, vexed, pissed off (taboo slang), miffed (informal), displeased, irked, riled, harried, peeved (informal), piqued, browned off (informal) She tapped her forehead and looked annoyed with herself.
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[əˈnɔɪd] adj [person] (= angry) → énervé(e)
to be annoyed → être fâché(e)
to be annoyed with sb → être fâché(e) contre qn
to be annoyed with o.s. → être fâché(e) contre soi-même
to be annoyed at sth, to be annoyed about sth → être contrarié(e) par qch
to be annoyed that ... → être ennuyé(e) que ..., être mécontent(e) que ...
to get annoyed → se fâcher
Don't get so annoyed! → Ne vous fâchez pas!
to get annoyed about sth → se fâcher à propos de qch


(əˈnoi) verb
to make (someone) rather angry or impatient. Please go away and stop annoying me!
anˈnoyance noun
1. something which annoys. That noise has been an annoyance to me for weeks!
2. the state of being annoyed. He was red in the face with annoyance.
anˈnoyed adjective
made angry. My mother is annoyed with me; He was annoyed at her remarks.
anˈnoying adjective
annoying habits.
anˈnoyingly adverb
References in classic literature ?
I forgot that English people rather turn up their noses at governesses and don't treat them as we do," said Meg, looking after the retreating figure with an annoyed expression.
Although he had been annoyed that as they walked about she had not seemed to be listening to his words, the fact that she had accompanied him to this place took all his doubts away.
I was so annoyed that I felt coldly even toward Antonia and listened unsympathetically when she told me her father was not well.
In reality he was annoyed at having old Monsieur Farival, who considered himself the better sailor of the two.
Somewhat puzzled, slightly annoyed, but enjoying withal the novelty of the environment and the curtness of his reception, Mr.
All the antique fashions of the street were dear to him; even such as were characterized by a rudeness that would naturally have annoyed his fastidious senses.
Shelby both felt annoyed and degraded by the familiar impudence of the trader, and yet both saw the absolute necessity of putting a constraint on their feelings.
Earlier it could have annoyed me, but now everything was in good hands and swimming right along.
Tom tried to seem at his ease, and he went through the motions fairly well, but at bottom he felt resentful toward all the three witnesses of his exhibition; in fact, he felt so annoyed at them for having witnessed it and noticed it that he almost forgot to feel annoyed at himself for placing it before them.
This time, I remembered I was lying in the oak closet, and I heard distinctly the gusty wind, and the driving of the snow; I heard, also, the fir bough repeat its teasing sound, and ascribed it to the right cause: but it annoyed me so much, that I resolved to silence it, if possible; and, I thought, I rose and endeavoured to unhasp the casement.
Shrinking, naturally, from allowing her husband to be annoyed, and probably cheated as well, by any person who claimed, however preposterously, a family connection with herself, it had been her practice, for many years past, to assist the captain from her own purse, on the condition that he should never come near the house, and that he should not presume to make any application whatever to Mr.
You want that sense altogether; therefore I am no more annoyed when I think of the expression, than I should be annoyed by a man's opinion of a picture of mine, who had no eye for pictures: or of a piece of music of mine, who had no ear for music.