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nuisance (NOO suhns, NYOO suhns) (s) (noun), nuisances (pl)
1. Something that annoys, gives trouble, or bothers people: When Bill and Karen went to the theater, it was a real nuisance for them to stand in line so long before they could get their tickets.
2. Anything which is offensive or noxious: John's wife was complaining that the noise from the electric fan was a real nuisance!

Too often, weather forecasts presented on TV, or the radio, become nuisances because they are wrong.

3. An annoying or irritating person, practice, or thing: The excessively talkative student was a nuisance for the teacher and the rest of the class.

Ted considered all of the e-mails that he receives on his computer from unknown sources nothing more than nuisances; especially, those that claim he has become the beneficiary of thousands or millions of dollars!

4. Etymology: "injury, hurt, harm," from Anglo-French nusaunce, from Old French nuisance, from nuire, "to harm"; from Latin nocere, "to hurt".

The sense has softened over time, to "anything obnoxious to a community" (bad smells, pests, eyesores), in about 1661, then it became a "source of annoyance, something personally disagreeable"; from about 1831. The application to people was from about 1695.

Something or a person who causes trouble, annoyance, or inconvenience.
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