from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause slight irritation to (another) by troublesome, often repeated acts.
- transitive v. Archaic To harass or disturb by repeated attacks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To disturb or irritate, especially by continued or repeated acts; to bother with unpleasant deeds.
- v. To do something to upset or anger someone; to be troublesome.
- v. To molest; to harm; to injure.
- n. A feeling of discomfort or vexation caused by what one dislikes.
- n. That which causes such a feeling.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To disturb or irritate, especially by continued or repeated acts; to tease; to ruffle in mind; to vex
- transitive v. To molest, incommode, or harm.
- n. A feeling of discomfort or vexation caused by what one dislikes; also, whatever causes such a feeling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A disturbed state of feeling arising from displeasing acts or unpleasant circumstances; discomfort; vexation; trouble; annoyance.
- n. A thing or circumstance that causes discomfort; an annoyance.
- n. [Now chiefly poetic; the common word in prose is annoyance.]
- To be hateful or troublesome: followed by to.
- [By omission of reflexive pronoun.] To be troubled, disquieted, vexed.
- To be hateful, troublesome, or vexatious to; trouble, disquiet, disturb, vex, molest, harass, plague; irk, weary, bore, especially by repeated acts: as, to annoy a person by perpetual questioning; to annoy the enemy by raids: in the passive, followed by at or about, formerly by of.
- Synonyms Molest, Plague, etc. (see tease), trouble, disturb, disquiet, vex, irritate, fret, embarrass, perplex.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
Note that "annoy" is part of the intent element of the statute -- it requires the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass.
The French word _ennui_, which now only means weariness of mind, signified formerly injury, and the vexation or hatred caused thereby; something like the English word "annoy," as in Shakespeare's Richard III., v. 3:
Whether Mr. Colen's plan was to annoy is not clear, and this aspect of not knowing is an issue.
Agnes Quill is the story of a teenage detective, the haunted city she lives in, the strange cases she solves, and the ghosts who help, hinder, or just plain annoy her.
Serial killer plots (or subplots) just plain annoy me.
"I beg your pardon, Robin, but I did not employ the word annoy," protested the Count.
I begged, and prayed, and appealed to his pity, but he would pull the book away from me, gabble bits of ballads in my ear as I was struggling with _Effectual Calling_, tip up the form on which I was seated, and, in short, annoy me in twenty different ways.
s exhibition at Gagosian was meant to annoy is not clear.
I'm hoping their robocalls annoy people so much they will BADLY backfire.
"Cynthia," he said, "I would not by an act or a word annoy or trouble you.