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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: nusaunce, from Old French nuisir 'to harm'

nuisance

noun
     
Related topics: Law
nuiā€§sance S3
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.

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