|Origin:||nusaunce, from Old French nuisir 'to harm'|
1 [countable usually singular]
a person, thing, or situation that annoys you or causes problems
a real/awful/terrible etc nuisance
The dogs next door are a real nuisance.
What a nuisance! British English
What a nuisance! I've forgotten my ticket.
I hate to be a nuisance.../Sorry to be a nuisance...
I hate to be a nuisance, but could you move your car to the other side of the street?
Stop making a nuisance of yourself (=annoying other people with your behaviour)!
It's a nuisance having to get up that early on a Sunday morning.
2 [uncountable and countable] lawSCL
the use of a place or property in a way that causes public annoyance:
The nightclub has been declared a public nuisance.