Meaning of ANNOY in English

ANNOY

verb

1

DUBIOUS : The noise of the traffic outside all day annoys me.

GOOD : The noise of the traffic outside all day irritates me.

DUBIOUS : I feel rather annoyed when I see the same advertisement time and time again.

GOOD : I feel rather irritated when I see the same advertisement time and time again.

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Something unpleasant that happens repeatedly or continuously over a long period of time tends to irritate or frustrate people, especially because they know that they can do nothing to stop it: 'I felt so tense that even the ticking of the clock began to irritate me.' 'I am constantly frustrated by all the niggling little jobs I have to do.'

2

BAD : Some people are annoyed by these violent films.

GOOD : Some people are disturbed by these violent films.

GOOD : Some people find these violent films disturbing.

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Someone who is emotionally shocked by something they see or read is disturbed/upset/distressed/offended by it, or they find it disturbing/upsetting/distressing/offensive : 'Viewers are warned that this documentary contains a number of violent scenes which they may find disturbing.'

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