Often I see people write urusai to mean annoying, and I've also seen meiwaku, but I was wondering if there was an adjective closer to meaning annoying. Mendokusai means bothersome, but in a different sense, right?


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Here's a bunch of words which can mean "annoying" or something related:

  • めんどくさい (also めんどい): something that requires effort but you don't feel like doing or dislike doing for whatever reason; bothersome

  • うるさい: lit. "noisy" or "loud"; can also be used to refer to annoying people, their words or actions

  • むかつく: something or someone who raises your blood pressure, ticks you off

  • イライラする: to get annoyed by something/someone

  • しつこい(奴{やつ}): obstinate or insistent (person) who is pestering you with silly questions etc.

  • 腹{はら}が立{た}つ: to get angry/furious/pissed off

  • 邪魔{じゃま}な(もの): something/someone who's a hindrance, in your way literally or figuratively.

  • うざい (often said as うぜえ): can mean many things: annoying, bothersome, gross, nuisance etc. Used mostly by young people; apparently very offensive to the point of leading to bloodshed or suicides.

Other words from dictionaries which I haven't encountered myself so not certain of their nuances.

  • うっとうしい
  • じれったい
  • わずらわしい
  • しゃくに[障]{さわ}る

詰らない (adjective in i) means annoying, boring or not interesting.

  • For me "annoying" suggests some level of being agitated. 詰まらない means just the opposite: dull/uninteresting/pointless/... I don't it is a good synonym for annoying.
    – Earthliŋ
    Aug 8, 2013 at 7:46
  • ふしぎの海のナディア, マリー in one episode she said つまんな〜い and she is referring about the annoying situation. image or so i have understand, maybe i'm wrong...
    – alicef
    Aug 8, 2013 at 15:03
  • I guess that annoyed people often say つまらない/つまんない (in the sense of "that's lame"), but that doesn't mean that つまらない actually means "annoying".
    – Earthliŋ
    Aug 9, 2013 at 10:35
  • I always thought マリー was using つまんない to mean something closer to "boring".
    – user1478
    Aug 23, 2013 at 14:16
  • annoying is not synonyms of boring ? annoying synonyms
    – alicef
    Aug 23, 2013 at 14:32

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