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These verbs mean to disturb or trouble a person, evoking moderate anger. Annoy refers to mild disturbance caused by an act that tries one's patience: The sound of the printer annoyed me. Irritate is somewhat stronger: I was irritated by their constant interruptions. Bother implies imposition: In the end, his complaining just bothered the supervisor. Irk connotes a wearisome quality: The city council's inactivity irked the community. Vex applies to situations arousing irritation, frustration, or perplexity: They were vexed at having to wait so long for a response. This problem has vexed scientists for many years. Provoke implies strong and often deliberate incitement to anger: His behavior provoked me to reprimand the whole team. Aggravate is a less formal equivalent: "Threats only served to aggravate people in such cases" (William Makepeace Thackeray).
Peeve, also somewhat informal, suggests a querulous, resentful response to a mild disturbance: Your flippant answers peeved me. To rile is to upset and to stir up: It riled me to have to listen to such lies.
nervous anxious irritated annoyed
If you are nervous, you are rather frightened about something that you are going to do or experience.
If you are worried about something that might happen to someone else, don't say that you are 'nervous'. Say that you are anxious.
If something makes you angry and impatient because you cannot stop it continuing, don't say that it makes you 'nervous'. Say that you are irritated or annoyed by it.
|Adj.||1.||annoyed - aroused to impatience or anger; "made an irritated gesture"; "feeling nettled from the constant teasing"; "peeved about being left out"; "felt really pissed at her snootiness"; "riled no end by his lies"; "roiled by the delay"|
displeased - not pleased; experiencing or manifesting displeasure
|2.||annoyed - troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances; "harassed working mothers"; "a harried expression"; "her poor pestered father had to endure her constant interruptions"; "the vexed parents of an unruly teenager"|
troubled - characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need; "troubled areas"; "fell into a troubled sleep"; "a troubled expression"; "troubled teenagers"
annoyed[əˈnɔɪd] adj [person] (= angry) → énervé(e)
to be annoyed → être fâché(e)
to be annoyed with sb → être fâché(e) contre qn
to be annoyed with o.s. → être fâché(e) contre soi-même
to be annoyed at sth, to be annoyed about sth → être contrarié(e) par qch
to be annoyed that ... → être ennuyé(e) que ..., être mécontent(e) que ...
to get annoyed → se fâcher
Don't get so annoyed! → Ne vous fâchez pas!
to get annoyed about sth → se fâcher à propos de qch