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 Dictionary entry overview: What does annoying mean? 

  The noun ANNOYING has 1 sense:

1. the act of troubling or annoying someone

  Familiarity information: ANNOYING used as a noun is very rare.

ANNOYING (adjective)
  The adjective ANNOYING has 1 sense:

1. causing irritation or annoyance

  Familiarity information: ANNOYING used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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The act of troubling or annoying someone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


annoying; vexation; annoyance; irritation

Hypernyms ("annoying" is a kind of...):

mistreatment (the practice of treating (someone or something) badly)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "annoying"):

exasperation (actions that cause great irritation (or even anger))

red flag (something that irritates or demands immediate action)

ANNOYING (adjective)

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Causing irritation or annoyance


vexatious; plaguy; pestering; pesky; nettlesome; irritating; galling; bothersome; annoying; plaguey; vexing; teasing; pestiferous

Context examples:

tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork / aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport / found it galling to have to ask permission / an irritating delay / nettlesome paperwork / a pesky mosquito / swarms of pestering gnats / a plaguey newfangled safety catch / a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him / a vexatious child / it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong


disagreeable (not to your liking)

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