annoying

Something that's annoying is upsetting or irritating or otherwise troublesome. When your mom asks you ten times in a row when you're going to clean your room, she's being annoying. But your messy room might also be annoying!

Annoying really is a tiresome word, as its roots imply: it comes from the old French word anuier, meaning "to weary or vex," and from the Latin inodiare, meaning — even worse — "to make loathsome." Think about that next time you do something annoying. And don't forget, it's easy to be annoying without even knowing it, as Mark Twain understood when he said, “There is nothing so annoying as to have two people talking when you're busy interrupting.”

Definitions of annoying
  1. adjective
    causing irritation or annoyance
    “tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork”
    synonyms: bothersome, galling, grating, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguey, plaguy, teasing, vexatious, vexing
    disagreeable
    not to your liking
  2. noun
    the act of troubling or annoying someone
    synonyms: annoyance, irritation, vexation
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    types:
    exasperation
    actions that cause great irritation (or even anger)
    red flag
    something that irritates or demands immediate action
    exacerbation
    violent and bitter exasperation
    type of:
    mistreatment
    the practice of treating (someone or something) badly
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