Meaning of NUISANCE in English


I. ˈn(y)üs ə n(t)s noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English nusaunce, from Anglo-French nusaunce, nuisance, from Old French nuisir to hurt, harm (from Latin nocēre ) + -aunce, -ance -ance — more at noxious

1. : harm , injury

relieving the nuisance of poisonous fumes from rural factories — Collier's Year Book

2. law : an offensive, annoying, unpleasant, or obnoxious thing or practice : a cause or source of annoyance that although often a single act is usually a continuing or repeated invasion or disturbance of another's right — see private nuisance , public nuisance

3. : a person that annoys usually by obtrusion : pest

he was a perfect nuisance , running through the house slamming doors


a. : a vexing, difficult, or distressing practice or state of things

the nuisance of litter in the countryside — Manchester Guardian Weekly

b. : something that is disagreeable or troublesome : annoyance

timber was cheap, in fact, a nuisance to those who wanted farms — S.H.Holbrook

motels … accessible without the nuisance of city traffic — Look

II. adjective

1. : possessing the ability to annoy, distress, or hamper

burn off the nuisance scrub growth — Frank Cameron

the nuisance strikes in public services that seriously injured the tourist season — W.H.Chamberlin

2. : constituting a nuisance — used especially of wild animals

transfer of nuisance beavers

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.